High-Tech Medical Center Just Weeks Away

USF's Advanced Medical Learning & Simulation in downtown Tampa is set to open Feb. 1.
TAMPA (2012-1-9) -

University of South Florida Health officials are just weeks away from opening a high-tech center in downtown Tampa that not only will bring new jobs to the area but they say it also will solidify Tampa Bay as a place for health care advances and innovations.

Construction crews are still working on USF’s new Center for Advanced Medical Learning & Simulation at the corner of Franklin and Brorein streets.

But on Monday, Dr. Stephen Klasko, the CEO of USF Health, said the hammers were music to the ears for those who are looking for economic development in Tampa Bay.

When the center opens February 1st, it will mean 50 new jobs and will need about another 100 people to run the facility. Klasko said the center, nicknamed CAMLS, will offer training and assessments of physicians and nurses using medical simulators.

“There’s lots of simulation centers and lots of places that bring companies, have them learn how to use the equipment,” Klasko said. “But, this will actually take all the data together and we will be able to say this doctor is competent, this nurse is competent.”

Yet, Klasko said the real value is the partnerships that USF academics have formed with the military community, businesses and inventors who will be able to develop, test and train people on new medical innovations at the center.

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