Metropolitan Community College
Penn Valley Health Science Institute

Creating a “hands-on” interdisciplinary learning institute

Kansas City, Missouri

Kahler Slater and Gould Evans partnered with Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley to develop a state-of-the art Health Science Institute that is a national benchmark for community colleges and boasts simulation facilities that rival a university setting.

The 189,000 sf Institute promotes interdisciplinary education in a highly professional environment. The Institute includes a Virtual Hospital which has various rooms such as ER and ICU supported by fifteen human patient simulators as well as specific hands-on simulation labs for dental education, EMS, nursing, home health, OTA/PTA, radiology and surgery. A major goal of the planning and design team was to "open up" the building to allow for transparency and visibility into the various program areas in order to promote interdisciplinary interaction and cross interest in various programs. The Institute is a regional destination for continuing education for nurses and other health professionals. The newly renovated building has increased outreach to future potential health professionals (K-12) and it has allowed for enhanced partnerships with 4 year institutions, local health care entities and the community.

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