Rhodes targets August 2021 for downtown center


LIMA — Rhodes State Center For Health Science Education and Innovation is one step closer to construction now that the college’s board of trustees Thursday approved two equipment purchases to train faculty in use of new technology.

The groundbreaking is planned for March with plans to open the facility in August 2021, according to Dr. Cynthia Spiers, Rhodes State College president.

The board previously approved the construction of the center that will be located at the corner of Main and Market streets in downtown Lima across from Veterans Memorial Civic Center.

The cost of the project is $20.2 million and will be paid for using local and state funds as well as philanthropic donations.

Bids were opened last week, with the deadline for bids at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, according to Russ Litke, Rhodes State vice president for finance and business. The board will be asked to approve the selection of the general contractor at 6 p.m. Jan. 28 and will be submitted to the state that evening for their final approval.

“The new center will facilitate a state of the art facility for a future generation of students in health care providing them with the latest technology available,” according to Angie Heaton, interim Dean of Health Services.

The lowest two bids will be considered with consultation by the architects Munger & Munger, Toledo.

According to Dr. Eric Mason, interim Dean of Health Sciences, the center will house the physical therapist assistant, occupational therapy assistant, emergency medical services, nursing services and respiratory care programs. It will be equipped with a state of the art simulation center containing an obstetrical suite, adult medical surgical suite, surgical suite and intensive care unit-emergency department suite. The suites will be equipped with high fidelity simulators to provide a realistic healthcare environment.

“The center will create a learning environment for students which will prepare students to be “Rhodes Ready” and provide a service to the regional communities,” Mason said.

The board during Thursday’s meeting voted to approve the purchase of a three screen Multitaction Solution System. According to Heaton, the Multitaction System allows for collaborative learning across multiple disciplines.

Students can be working on a case study simultaneously within the same room or remotely to explore discipline specific solutions to a potential patient problem.

The board also approved a purchase of an Anatomage table that is a virtual dissection table loaded with four individual cadavers with visualization up to .22 millimeters.

“The center will be one of only four institutions across the United States that have both a Multitaction and Anatomage table,” Heaton said.

Rhodes State Board of Trustees met Thursday and approved equipment purchases for new technology training.

Reach Jennifer Peryam at 567-242-0362.

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