USF Health CAMLS Prepares for Launch

USF Health CAMLS Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Armstrong in the only hybrid operating room solely for training in the world
TAMPA (2012-2-16) -

USF Health will formally open its new Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS) facility at the end of March, but reporters were able to get a look inside this week.

CAMLS is projected to bring in up to sixty-thousand medical professionals from around the world for training in its first three years. That, in turn, could add between five and six million dollars to the local economy annually through visitor expenditures like transportation, hotels, and food.

Chief medical officer, Doctor John Armstrong, calls the 90,000 square foot, three-story facility a 'game-changer' for the region.

“It is going to drive economic growth, not only with the learners that come to campus, but for the research and innovation opportunities that will be driven in our area through collaborations with CAMLS and a variety of industry partners.”

Those partners, like Philips, Stryker and Covidien, will have sales and medical product training offices located inside the facility. Their presence, along with the visiting medical professionals, will provide continuing funds for CAMLS, protecting the facility from budget cuts like the ones recently proposed in the Florida Senate.

CAMLS features a variety of high-tech simulators and centers, where health care providers can practice procedures ranging from trauma care to a number of different surgeries. In addition, CAMLS features the only hybrid (interventional combined with open surgical procedures) operating room solely devoted to training in the world.

"We have a very ambitious agenda," Armstrong said, "and that is to lead the transformation in healthcare delivery, focused on patients, elevating quality and safety, by transforming how we educate and train health professionals and individuals and teams."

The structure, which takes up a full city block in downtown Tampa, cost 38 million dollars to build and was funded by a debt issuance.

The public grand opening celebration for CAMLS is set for March 30th at 8:30 am. It will feature Jeff Skiles, the co-pilot of US Airways Flight 1549, which landed safely on the Hudson River in 2009.

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