On July 29, 2015 the University of Florida opened the new George T. Harrell, M.D. Medical Education Building. LMG Systems Integration recently installed audiovisual equipment for the new Harrell Hall at the University of Florida on its campus in Gainesville, Florida. The four floor building contains technology enabled spaces supporting the instruction of medical and health sciences including task labs, standardized patient and manikin simulation spaces, large learning studios, student and faculty spaces, meeting and work rooms, and an experiential theater.
The concept for Harrell Hall came after the need of creating a patient-centered approach to medical education. “Instead of focusing on the academic disciplines of medicine, we ask our students to concentrate on the life systems of our patients that guide so much of their care. We can’t take care of patients sitting in lecture halls,” says Dr. Good, Dean of the UF College of Medicine. This is the first time that medical and physicians assistant schools will be housed together.
Several spaces will include video conferencing, lecture capture and live streaming of classes, events, and clinics. LMG installed complex audiovisual systems designed to help students engage and review life scenarios.
“LMG was selected to integrate a world class environment that influences the choices and actions of the next generation of life saving physicians and medical practitioners,” states Ross Hancock, Director of Systems Integration. “Our team remained focused throughout the project on the responsibility to the community that went far beyond the installation of amazing technology by knowing that one day our work could make a difference in the health and well-being of a loved one.”
The first floor is comprised of two innovative two-story oval Learning Studios. These ovals function as a theater-in-the-round in which professors can provide background material and a place for small-group learning where students can teach one another.
The fourth floor includes the CS Hospital Room and Observation Room, which support the demonstration and practice of nursing, surgeon, and other health care skills required in a surgical suite throughout the use of HiFi manikins, as well as non-HiFi manikins. These rooms can also be set up as an ICU room or Labor, Delivery, Recovery and Postpartum room and enhanced by a specialized capture and integration system.
“We’re excited to be a part of a world renowned facility that is bringing innovation to the field of medical education” Les Goldberg, LMG’s CEO/President.