UT to name simulation center in honor of Jacobs

March 17, 2015 | Events, News, UToday
By Aimee Portala

The University of Toledo is renaming the Interprofessional Immersive Simulation Center, a state-of-the-art medical education facility, in honor of its 16th president.



A program and reception formally announcing the naming of the Lloyd A. Jacobs Interprofessional Immersive Simulation Center will be held Thursday, March 19, at 4 p.m. Jacobs’ presidential portrait also will be unveiled at the event.

“The University of Toledo continues to push boundaries to better serve our students and the greater Toledo community, and to ensure our graduates are distinctive. The Interprofessional Immersive Simulation Center is a fine example of UT’s commitment to innovation,” said Dr. Nagi Naganathan, UT interim president. “Dr. Jacobs focused on making sure UT was relevant and on the forefront of innovation.”

The three-story, 65,000-square-foot facility opened in 2014 and includes the introduction of 3D and virtual immersive environments to medical education. It employs a tri-center concept, featuring a virtual immersive reality center on the first floor, an advanced clinical simulation center on the second floor, and a progressive anatomy and surgical skills center on the third floor.

“The Interprofessional Immersive Simulation Center reflects today’s reality of medicine. Students in differing specialties are learning the importance of interdisciplinary teamwork and collaboration,” said Dr. Christopher Cooper, dean of the College of Medicine and Life Sciences and senior vice president for clinical affairs. “Our graduates leave UT better equipped for their careers, due to the elevated amount of experience they receive from the Interprofessional Immersive Simulation Center. They are more confident in their abilities, which leads to higher patient confidence and safety.”

Jacobs served as UT’s president from 2006 to 2014 and oversaw the merger between the Medical College of Ohio and UT. He served as the sixth president of MCO before the merger.

As UT president, he championed access to higher education with tuition freezes in 2007 and 2008, leading Ohio’s public institutions to do the same.

His tenure also included a $200 million investment in campus facilities, including the renovation of Memorial Field House, and the successful completion of “The Time is Now” capital campaign, which raised more than $100 million.

“These 10 years have been among the best of my entire professional life,” Jacobs said.

Prior to coming to Toledo, Jacobs served as chief operating officer at the University of Michigan Health System and as senior associate dean for clinical affairs at the University of Michigan Medical School.

A native of Holland, Mich., Jacobs is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and a doctor of medicine degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. A vascular surgeon, he completed surgery residency training at Johns Hopkins Hospital, the University of California at San Diego Hospital and Wayne State University Hospital in Detroit.

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