Photo by Adam Scraga

One of the classrooms in the new facility is the NEOMED physical diagnosis lab, which features upgraded equipment.


October 6, 2015

Medical Building tour unveils new features

By Adam Scraga

Cleveland State’s new medical building, the Center for Innovation in Medical Professions (CIMP), which opened in mid-July, was just an idea in 2012. It opened for public tours on Sept. 24 and 26.
The 100,000-square-foot, three story building located at 2112 Euclid Ave. was designed by the architectural firm of Pelli Clarke Pelli, one of more than 40 firms that submitted proposals during the planning stages in 2012.

The Health and Wellness Center, School of Nursing, School of Health Sciences, Speech and Hearing Clinic and Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) reside in the new building.
The NEOMED program is a partnership of Cleveland State and the Northeast Ohio Medical University to give students experience working in underserved neighborhoods with a special emphasis on urban health issues.

With the new building came numerous upgrades to the Nursing and Health Sciences programs, according to Jack Baumann, senior project manager for the university architect. A new software called B-Line has been implemented that provides video and audio recording of the students as well as gathering and analyzing data on the students’ care of their mannequin patients.

“B-Line creates a cloud based data gathering to collect audio and data from mannequins used by students,” he said. “Film simulations that go on in a class [or] one on one setting to see what they do well and what needs improvement. That’s definitely been an upgrade.”

The mannequins themselves are also improved. New high-fidelity mannequins are in place, including some in the nursing labs and pediatric lab. These mannequins breathe, speak, cough and do other things to better simulate a real patient.

A unique feature is the presence of two Innovation Centers in the building, one on the first floor and one on the third. These spaces are meant for research and development and can be used by any department of Cleveland State.

Some upgrades in the building may be of interest even to those students not in the medical field. There is a large open atrium, a cafe and what Jack Baumann referred to as study pockets. These areas, spread throughout the structure, are of different sizes, which Baumann says will cater to different types of studying — from small areas for individual study to larger ones for groups.

Along the walls of the building are depictions of synapses, structures in the nervous system that allow signals to be passed from one neuron to another, constantly passing messages, helping the human body to function.

“This image represents the collaboration and synergy which are the hallmarks of the work taking place in CIMP,” Baumann said.

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