OSF HealthCare held a dedication ceremony in celebration of the completion of OSF Innovation at Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center, a co-working environment that will be a central hub for creating solutions to health care’s most complex problems.
The $12 million project transformed the third and fourth floors into an open, shared workspace for a number of departments within OSF HealthCare, including OSF Ventures; Performance Improvement; TeleHealth; Healthcare Analytics; Translational Research; Jump Research; engineering and design teams and the Applied Research for Community Health Through Engineering and Simulation program (ARCHES).
Placing these teams under one roof is expected to promote collaboration across different disciplines to generate ideas, test them through simulation and rapidly deliver solutions to patients.
“For years, these teams have worked in silos, relying on email, phone calls and traveling long distances to work on projects and we realized this was an inefficient way to communicate,” said Becky Buchen, Vice President of Performance Improvement for OSF HealthCare. “This collaborative environment at Jump allows divisions to more easily interact with each other face-to-face, and integrates technology to be proactive in our approach to serving patients with the greatest care and love.”
The shared workspace is part of the overall OSF Innovation initiative geared toward leading the way in transforming health care. The initiative, launched in June, aims to employ a variety of approaches to innovation such as improving processes and functions to serve patients; mentoring, networking and partnering with external companies that are creating solutions to health care problems and improving outcomes and lowering costs through innovative medical training.
“There isn’t a space quite like this in the U.S. where cross-disciplinary teams can develop health care solutions, receive clinical input on their ideas and test them using simulation,” said Dr. John Vozenilek, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Simulation for Jump Simulation. “We see this convergence of disciplines and specialties as a necessity to change the face of health care.”
The development includes an open set of stairs connecting the two floors to help facilitate collaboration among divisions, 50 meeting rooms equipped with the latest teleconferencing and digital technologies and a café.
Approximately 60 tradesmen worked on the project with construction completed in July.