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OSU Center for Health Sciences breaks ground on new academic building

OSU Center for Health Sciences breaks ground on new academic building

The $45M academic center is expected to be complete in 2017.

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Construction is underway on the new A.R. and Marylouise Tandy Medical Academic Building at the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences.

Work on the $45 million facility, located at 1111 W. 17th St., is expected to be finished in 2017.

“Today is a defining moment for OSU-CHS, Tulsa and the state of Oklahoma,” said OSU Center for Health Sciences President Kayse Shrum. “Today marks the start of a new era for OSU-CHS. The delivery of medical training and education will be revolutionized because of the state-of-the-art facilities that will be available because of the Tandy Medical Academic Building.”

Once complete, the 84,000-square-foot Tandy Medical Building will include a hospital-simulation center to provide training for students in the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine.

The hospital-simulation center will include a fully operational emergency room, operating room, intensive care unit, birthing suite and ambulance bay, enabling students to practice procedures and skills commonly used in hospitals across the country.

“I’ve always said that facilities don’t transform things; people do. But people need great facilities to maximize their accomplishments,” said OSU President Burns Hargis.

The building will include an expanded clinical-skills lab, a new osteopathic manipulative-medicine lab, a tiered lecture hall, 18 exam rooms, classrooms, two lecture halls, conference facilities, more than 20 small breakout rooms, 55 student study carrels, a student kitchen, and additional faculty and staff office space to accommodate the increased student population at the OSU Center for Health Sciences.

A conference center and several large gathering spaces will also be included.

“Many of our health-care challenges can only be solved if we work together,” Shrum said. “Our conference center will provide the ideal venue for academics, health-care providers, insurers, policymakers and government leaders to collaborate on the most pressing health-care issues facing our state.”

The simulation suites will be equipped with mannequins that can speak, perspire, blink, breathe, bleed and even give birth to infant mannequins.

“These scenarios are designed specifically for simulation learning, giving students the opportunity to practice working as part of a health-care team responding to life-threatening situations,” said Robin Dyer, associate dean for academic affairs.

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