News Release

R. Kirk Landon Challenge Fosters New Era in Patient Safety

Continuing its stellar track record in innovative health care education and research, the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies is now planning to open one of the nation’s first education-based Simulation Hospitals. The five-story, 39,000-square-foot facility—a key priority of the Momentum2 campaign—will replicate the real-time flow of activities in a clinical practice and hospital.

The Simulation Hospital will be a global resource for educators and health care professionals to assess and address patient safety breakdowns in the hospital setting. Research has shown that training in a simulation environment saves lives.

To fund this pioneering effort in patient safety, the School of Nursing and Health Studies recently announced the R. Kirk Landon Challenge. Established to engage a community of people who care about the future of health care, Landon will match all leadership gifts of $50,000 or more, up to a total of $1 million. Landon and Pamela Garrison, R.N., co-chair of the school’s Momentum2 campaign, are joining forces in this ambitious undertaking on behalf of the school’s vision of making the Simulation Hospital a reality.

“The School of Nursing and Health Studies has a powerful vision for improving health care through advanced education and research,” said Landon, one of the South Florida community’s leading philanthropists. “What we accomplish together will have widespread impact today and for generations to come.”

Now celebrating its 65th anniversary, the school has been at the forefront of health care innovation throughout its history. From birth to end-of-life care, the Simulation Hospital will present a myriad of scenarios in which medical errors can and do occur. Students and professionals will work with standardized patient actors and simulators that can mimic detailed symptoms and respond to interventions. With the aim of identifying and correcting deficiencies, the Simulation Hospital will facilitate inter-professional collaborations, whereby nurses, physicians, pharmacists, physical therapists, and other health care professionals will work in teams to improve patient safety outcomes. It will be a test site for new health care products and patient safety research.

To participate in the R. Kirk Landon Challenge, contact:
Karla V. Hernandez
Executive Director for Advancement

Skills Resource Center
Skills Resource Center at the Simulation Hospital