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Carilion Clinic News

New Simulation Lab Opened in February

The new facility will be 12,000 square feet and house four simulation rooms (a fully functioning OR, a trauma bay and two patient rooms), two debrief rooms, two computer labs, a skills lab and offices. The old facility at CRMH will be converted to a procedural skills lab.

“There is an ever-increasing demand for simulation training,” said Tim Fortuna, DO, medical director at CSRPS. “We’ve been working with a small lab, but our requirements for training are not small. Now we’ll have a much better facility with more resources so we can meet more needs.”

There will be technology in place to broadcast simulations and educational sessions in real-time to facilities outside of Roanoke, expanding the reach of the sim lab and allowing more nurses, residents and students to benefit.


Virginia Tech Carilion Biomedical Research Expansion

Governor Terry McAuliffe joined Virginia Tech and Carilion Clinic officials in October 2017 to begin construction on a new facility in Roanoke to expand biomedical research and provide enhanced experiential learning opportunities to students at all levels. Known as the Virginia Tech Carilion Biomedical Research Expansion, the 139,000-gross-square-foot building will rise on the Virginia Tech Carilion Health Sciences and Technology Campus at Jefferson Street and Reserve Avenue. The building will be physically connected via an elevated walkway to the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute, which opened seven years ago.  The new building is an expansion on the success of the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute and will provide additional state-of-the-art research laboratories organized around interactive research themes, and infused with experiential learning environments. The $90 million research building is expected to open in spring 2020. Plans to develop additional services in Roanoke to support faculty and students are under way, as are efforts to enlist support from the private sector and donors.

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