The $51 million Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center is part of an ongoing collaboration between OSF Healthcare and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria (UICOMP), brought about by a donation of $25 million to the two institutions from Jump Trading.

The simulation and education center is used to teach new skills to physicians, medical students, and medical professionals.  The facility is a virtual hospital that combines actual medical equipment and the latest simulation technology. The primary purpose of the simulation center is to improve the safety and quality of healthcare delivered to patients. 

The Jump Center occupies 60,000 square feet on the lower two floors of a new six-story, 176,000-square-foot building on the hospital’s campus. The project encompasses simulation spaces, as well as classrooms and a conference center. The building, which is in the process of obtaining LEED certification, features seven simulation areas: 

  • a virtual ICU
  • a virtual operating room and trauma lab
  • a virtual patient care unit, including six actual size rooms
  • a virtual reality lab
  • an anatomical skills lab
  • a regional transport center, complete with an ambulance and apartment-like set up for simulating rescues
  • an innovation lab.

Spellman Brady & Co., who provided full interior design services, collaborated on the project with architecture firm SmithGroup + JJR and the joint venture general contractor, Pepper/Mangieri, LLC.

This duality of functions provided a challenge for the design team.  Although many spaces are designed based on a live hospital situation, the overall design criteria needed to utilize a higher education approach with an emphasis on innovation. One example of how that was achieved was through using furniture and finishes not commonly found in a healthcare setting inside the collaboration and debriefing rooms.