St. Vincent planning $13.6M education center on hotel site

St. Vincent plans to tear down a two-story hotel near its West 86th Street flagship campus and build a $13.6 million education and simulation center on the site, where doctors and nurses can practice complex procedures on high-tech mannequins.

The health system announced Thursday that the 30,000-square-foot facility will create “an engaging and real-life simulated clinical experience” that mirrors an acute-care facility.

The center will include medical settings that simulate actual hospital settings, including an operating room, intensive care unit, and labor and delivery room. The center will allow caregivers to react and respond to unusual or high-stakes situations in a controlled environment, with no risks to patients, St. Vincent said.

The simulation center will be built on a 5.8-acre site on the south side of West 86th Street, just east of Harcourt Street, which is the main entrance road to the hospital campus.

The facility will be named the William K. Nasser MD Healthcare Education and Simulation Center, in tribute to a cardiovascular surgeon who practiced medicine at St. Vincent for several years. A groundbreaking ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. on March 16 at the site, 1801 W. 86th St.

A hotel for patients’ families, Marten House Hotel, now sits on that property, but will be demolished, according to documents filed with the city’s Department of Metropolitan Development. It announced in December that it would close on Jan. 12.

The new simulation center will be connected to an existing conference center. The project will include illuminated wall signs, parking lot improvements and updated landscaping.

St. Vincent announced in 2015 that it had received a $1 million donation from John Schnatter, the CEO of Papa John’s pizza chain, to help it construct a new extended-stay home for patients’ families near the intersection of Dugan and Naab roads.

The facility, called St. Vincent House, will include private rooms for 20 families who have a child or loved one receiving extended care at the hospital. Currently under construction, it's expected to open April 20.

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