College of Medicine at Peoria Shares $25 Million Gift

Mar 30, 2010 08:00 AM

The University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria, a regional campus of the UIC College of Medicine, and Peoria’s OSF Saint Francis Medical Center announced receipt of a shared donation of $25 million to fund the Jump Trading Simulation and Conference Education Center.

The gift, from Jump Trading, a Chicago-based high frequency proprietary trading firm, is the largest individual donation in the history of OSF Healthcare and the regional medical school campus.

The center will house a state-of-the-art simulation laboratory, with high-tech patient-simulator mannequins, virtual-reality technology and on-screen simulations. The conference center and auditorium will have advanced multimedia capabilities.

Medical students, nurses, residents and experienced clinicians and other health professionals will benefit from a safe environment in which to learn and practice new clinical skills.

The auditorium will be able to host symposiums in which doctors will be able to observe surgical procedures in real time.

“The brightest and best physicians will be attracted by the opportunity to learn in a modern setting using the latest in technology and simulation equipment,” said Dr. Sara Rusch, the College of Medicine’s regional dean. “This in turn will provide higher quality patient care and better patient outcomes. Jump Trading’s remarkable gift will have a lasting impact on medical education and on our community. We are so grateful for their generosity.”

Founded in 1999, Jump Trading has more than 200 employees and focuses on trading in the futures and equities markets.

The UIC College of Medicine is the nation’s largest medical school. Its diverse student body of 2,600 students hails from a wide variety of cultural and economic backgrounds. The college’s four campuses—in Chicago, Peoria, Rockford and Urbana-Champaign—take advantage of the state’s urban and rural environments and offer numerous opportunities for clinical training and research.

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