University of Tennessee Health Science Center Officially Unveils Center for Healthcare Improvement and Patient Simulation (CHIPS).




The University of Tennessee Health Science Center officially cut the ribbon on the Center for Healthcare Improvement and Patient Simulation (CHIPS), the site of SG18USA, today. The CHIPS site, available for tour during the SG18USA event, is a 45,000-square-foot, world-class building dedicated to education, research, and professional development of enhanced clinical skills using standardized patients (actors trained to portray patients), high-fidelity patient simulators and virtual reality technology.

“We are changing the face of health care education,” said UTHSC Chancellor Steve Schwab, MD. “Everyone who makes up a (health care) team trains as a team from day one.” The lobby of the building is dedicated to Ken Brown, JD, MPA, PhD, FACHE, executive vice chancellor and chief operations officer for UTHSC, who had the vision for the building and has been the primary force in its development.

Chad Epps, MD, an anesthesiologist and leader in simulation education, was recruited to UTHSC in 2016 to be the executive director of the Center for Healthcare Improvement and Patient Simulation. The building is a reflection of a culture at UTHSC that values this type of training, he said. “It’s most definitely a statement to the community that this institution is making a commitment to improving the way health care professionals are trained and the way health care is delivered.” The center will also be a resource for continuing education for the area’s health care community.

The building, which has been under construction since 2015, is the only one of its kind in Tennessee and one of only a handful in the country built for and totally dedicated to simulation training.

We're excited and honored to be hosting our event in a center which allows students from the six colleges at UTHSC – Dentistry, Graduate Health Sciences, Health Professions, Nursing, Medicine, and Pharmacy – to train together in simulation settings to develop their skills in delivering team-based health care, which is the proven model for the highest-quality care today.

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