Allied Health Building Under Construction at OSU-OKC Campus
New facility opens in 2016 with full-service medical clinic
OSU-OKC America's Healthiest Campus
When Chancy Chaney was growing up, he admired the passion his mother and grandmother had for their roles as nurses. It wasn't until Chaney became ill that he realized how much of an impact a nurse can have on a patient's life. He decided then that he wanted to follow a familiar path and enter into the field of nursing.
Soon after, Chaney enrolled in classes at Oklahoma State University- Oklahoma City and was accepted into the competitive Nurse Science program, taking the first steps toward his profession. Next fall, Chaney will have the opportunity to experience invaluable training in the university's new, state-of-the-art Allied Health Building.
To accommodate thriving OSU-OKC health programs, the university is constructing a 45,000-square-foot building that will house all of the Health Sciences Division programs, including an innovative simulation center and a full-service Variety Care primary-care clinic. The building will offer Chaney and his peers instrumental resources and hands-on experiences that will prepare them for careers in a critical, expanding field.
Between the alliance with Variety Care and the advanced simulation center, Chaney is confident the clinic will offer OSU-OKC Health Sciences students a well-rounded academic experience.
"The partnership can only benefit the nursing program," Chaney says. "I am so excited to have a new simulation lab as well as be on the forefront of this new development. It is going to be such an integral part of preparing future nurses for their sought-after career."
Construction of the building is scheduled to be completed in time for the fall 2016 semester. The facility's Variety Care clinic will be open to students, faculty, staff and the community, which is important to OSU-OKC President Natalie Shirley.
"Our university, like most, has students, faculty and staff who inevitably need primary care during the year," says Shirley. "In addition, our neighbors need access to care as well. Variety Care is a great partner for us because they will be able to offer primary care, dental and behavioral services."
Variety Care is equally excited about the partnership with the university. Dr. Steve Ramirez, Variety Care's chief medical officer, believes the clinic's Patient-Centered Medical Home approach to health care will provide advantages for OSU-OKC students. The approach calls for the primary care physician to ensure patients receive the necessary care when and where they need it in a manner they understand.
"The partnership of OSU-OKC and Variety Care represents the ability to not just create these clinical environments and experiences for our patients, but to train those individuals who will ultimately go into the workforce promoting this philosophy and expecting delivery of care to others to be based on it as well," Ramirez said.
From a student's perspective, Chaney also sees the building as an opportunity to work closely alongside the unique OSU-OKC health programs that include Cardiovascular Ultrasound, Dietetic Technology and Health Care Administration.
"I have been blessed to have two amazing nurses in my life — my grandma and my mom," Chaney says. "I have seen firsthand the joy and impact that they have had on so many. I have had an amazing experience thus far in the nursing program. It is a difficult and rigorous program, but the professors do an amazing job of pushing us to our limits so that we may, one day, become excellent nurses."
OSU-OKC and Variety Care Partnership
Variety Care is a nonprofit community health center with locations across Oklahoma. The centers provide primary medical, dental, vision and behavioral health care with multiple services at some sites. One way Variety Care focuses on increasing access to health care is by accepting Medicaid, Medicare and most private insurance. In addition, uninsured patients are offered affordable cash payment options along a sliding-fee scale based on income and family size.
"With this project, Variety Care will now have embedded clinics in an Oklahoma City elementary school, an Oklahoma City high school and a local university campus," says Lou Carmichael, Variety Care CEO. "OSU-OKC is a great community resource, and the campus lies directly in our service area. The new Allied Health Building is also exciting for the health care industry because everyone in health care needs more and better-trained professionals at all levels."
Future Simulation at OSU-OKC
OSU-OKC's new Allied Health Building will feature an advanced Simulation Center that will allow for interprofessional, experiential learning as students and professionals simulate real-life patient scenarios utilizing mid- and high-fidelity simulators.
- 7,579 square feet
- Five simulation suites — Labor and Delivery; ER/ICU; and three medical/surgical suites
- Two standardized patient rooms
- Three debriefing rooms
- Ten-bed skills practice lab for nursing
- Additional skills lab for cardiovascular ultrasound
- Virtual IV and phlebotomy-skills lab
- Multidimensional, flexible and adaptable space allowing for creative instructional deliveries
- Space to facilitate the educational needs of the community for conferences and continuing medical education
- Onsite community clinic that provides clinical-learning and service-learning opportunities
The simulation center will have the latest simulation equipment, ranging from task trainers to high-fidelity simulators, with a medication-dispensing system and an electronic health-charting record, which is easily accessible utilizing a workstation on wheels. Each patient room will reflect a simulated hospital environment using state-of-the-art equipment with digital video recording availability. A control room with one-way glass will allow for simulation facilitators to operate, record and view simulations without students having direct visual contact.
The OSU-OKC Allied Health Building will house a full-service Variety Care clinic, which focuses on increasing access to health care by accepting Medicaid, Medicare and most private insurance.