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Willis-Knighton to showcase new Innovation Center

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Willis-Knighton Health System will showcase its Innovation Center in Bossier City at a public grand opening Sunday, May 4, from 2 to 4 p.m.

The building at 2105 Airline Drive is best known as the long-time location of the former city hospital, Bossier Medical Center. Physicians and employees who worked at Bossier Medical Center will be honored guests at the event. Willis-Knighton executives sought to renovate the building in a way that would respect its healthcare history and offer it new life and purpose.

Among the unique features at the WK Innovation Center is a virtual hospital. The virtual hospital, complete with lifelike patient simulators, will be a training site not only for Willis-Knighton staff but local healthcare students. It is the first virtual hospital to be created in a setting that was once an intensive care unit. Having this special set-up provides training opportunities that best mimic real-world situations.

The layout of the building allowed Willis-Knighton to increase meeting space for orientation and staff events. Willis-Knighton will also make the meeting areas available by reservation for nonprofit groups and events. Food service is located on-site as well.

The Talbot Medical Museum, originally opened on Willis-Knighton’s Greenwood Road campus, has moved and expanded to include large professional displays about the history of Willis-Knighton and medical care in the region. The museum, originally developed with a grant from Dr. and Mrs. Dudley Talbot, is named in their honor.

Several Willis-Knighton Departments are relocating to the Innovation Center, including Career Institute, Community Education, Corporate Business Office and the Health Information Management Archives.

Willis-Knighton executives and staff, including the WK Innovation Center administrator, Joshua Mason, will welcome the public during the event and offer tours.

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Sean Green is managing editor of the Bossier Press-Tribune.

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