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Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield

Last modified: Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation supports IU medical simulation center

Dec. 18, 2007

INDIANAPOLIS -- Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation has made a $1 million grant to the Indiana University School of Medicine in support of the comprehensive medical simulation center currently under construction as part of Fairbanks Hall-Indiana University Clarian Education and Resource Center, which is a collaborative project by Clarian Health and the IU schools of medicine and nursing.

One of the country's largest medical education simulation centers, the facility replicates actual medical settings and incorporates four major modules including the Acute Care Area being funded by the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield grant.

Ambulance lift

Photo by: David Jaynes, IUSM Visual Media

The body of a retired Riley Hospital ambulance is lifted by crane into the fourth floor of Fairbanks Hall - Indiana University Clarian Education and Resource Center.

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The Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Acute Care Area will include a simulated surgical suite, an emergency room, a transport room and a four-room flexible space that can be used to represent critical care, pre-op and recovery rooms. It also will include a vascular flex area that can be used for simulated cardiac catheterizations and other procedures such as evoked-potential stimulations of the heart. Along with the rest of the building, the Acute Care Area is scheduled to open in August 2008.

"We appreciate Anthem's support for this simulation center," said D. Craig Brater, M.D., dean of the medical school and vice president for life sciences at IU.

"It affords us the opportunity to be educational leaders in providing an innovative educational experience for future and practicing physicians, nurses and other health professionals."

The practice area will not only provide a high tech experience but will present opportunities for health-care providers to work and practice together.

"Anthem has long been committed to efforts designed to improve health-care quality," said Robert W. Hillman, president of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Indiana. "We're pleased to support this training laboratory for future generations of doctors and health care professionals, because we believe it has much potential to improve health as well as health care quality and affordability."