The piece calls the Health Professions Hub “one of the more dynamic projects set to open in Buffalo in the year ahead,” and “a first-of-its-kind center offering innovative learning spaces, a workforce center, extensive virtual training resources, a demonstration kitchen, neighborhood cafe, public art, a pharmacy, rehabilitation and wellness center, and a primary care clinic.”
The piece then evolves into a Q+A with Michael Tunkey from our team and D’Youville President Lorrie Clemo. The full piece is available online along with other recent coverage of the project from Next City and Architect’s Newspaper. Below is a brief excerpt:
Are there any real breakthrough spaces in the building we should talk about?
Dr. Clemo: The Hub will be where we graduate the next generation of nurses and advanced practice providers such as Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners for Buffalo and this country. And, D’Youville knows we must graduate nurses and other highly trained health professionals ready to thrive in a changing world. These health professionals will enter a workforce with high demand for their services, evolving roles as health systems shift to more team-based care models, and immense pressures from day-to-day realities and the threat of crisis like the current pandemic.
Understanding that complex reality, the Health Professions Hub is equipped with spaces and tools to help health professionals thrive in this shifting world. A perfect example is the building’s simulation center which is undoubtedly the most advanced in our region if not the country. The center is a high-tech transformer of space with a black box studio, walls that can be moved and repositioned by teachers and students to rapidly ideate and test new scenarios. This setting will help faculty immerse students in real-world scenarios that are directly applicable to the future emergency departments, operating rooms, home care and other health settings where they’ll someday work. It is also prepared for future forward training such as virtual reality simulations.