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School of Nursing opens new simulation center

Yesterday, the University of Minnesota’s School of Nursing celebrated the opening of a new, state-of-the art education center for nursing and other health professional students.

The Bentson Healthy Communities Innovation Center will provide students with new opportunities to engage in complex simulated health scenarios in interprofessional teams, use sophisticated telehealth technology and learn emerging health records technology.

The center is named to honor the lead gift made by the Bentson Foundation, which contributed $3.7 million to the $7.8 million dollar project. A $1 million gift from the United Health Foundation and other generous donations enabled rapid construction, which began in May 2012.

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Tele-ICU marks first year of helping the U of M’s sickest patients stay closer to home

Editor’s note: this article first appeared on the University of Minnesota Physicians intranet in February.

David Johnson’s asthma had landed him in the hospital once before. This time, on a November Sunday, he was running a high fever. So on Monday morning, David’s wife Tracy was concerned by the continuing fever and his wheezing. She took him to the E.D. at Fairview Lakes Medical Center, where it didn’t take long to determine he had pneumonia.

If it’d been a year earlier, he’d have been transferred to University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview – in Minneapolis, more than 30 miles away. But, thanks to our Telemedicine-ICU (Tele-ICU) program, David was able to stay put and still receive expert care from the providers at UMPhysicians.

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VIDEO: Teaching kids about telemedicine

Wednesday, kids in SCRUBS Academy at the University of North Dakota practiced telemedicine with graduate students in the University of Minnesota Health Informatics department. The students learned about how new technology can help patients and doctors cross boundaries, save money and save time.

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