MCH Building Mini-Training Hospital Inside Regular Hospital

By Jen Kastner
NewsWest 9

ODESSA- Medical Center Hospital is building a miniature hospital within their regular hospital to be used solely for training health professionals.

It will be filled with mannequins that are so life-like, they can cry tears and break into a sweat.

Michael Callaway is the Director of the Office of Education at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Odessa.

"It is amazing what you can simulate in this day in age," Callaway said.

These dolls will act so real, they can simulate having medical emergencies, like strokes or heart attacks. They'll be part of a miniature hospital being built on the 7th floor of the main hospital, which will be used for training.

Dr. Audrey Marshall is a third year obstetrics resident. She's already been through medical school. Now, she's doing her clinical training before officially practicing medicine on her own.

"Nobody really wants to be a doctor's first patient and be operated on the first time," Marshall said.

To her, this simulation center is a blessing.

"Learning how to deliver babies and learning how to run important emergency drills are very important skills that you need to learn and it's helpful to know how to do those before you have your actual first live patient," Marshall said.

The floor will have an emergency room, birthing room, operating room and so on. Medical students and even practicing doctors can use the facility whenever they want to learn or to brush on procedures.

Callaway explains, "A doctor might say, 'Dr. Smith, why don't you start a central line for this patient?' This might be Dr. Smith's first year in residency training and he might say, 'I don't think I know how.' You don't ever want someone doing something that's not sure how to do it."

The project is a partnership between Medical Center Hospital and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Planners say they expect the mini-hospital to be up and running by January of 2013.