VCU and its VCU Medical Center offer a wide range of resources to support current and expanded missions of the Weil Institute of Critical Care Research. This section will provide a highlight of our institution with emphasis on features that are particularly relevant to meeting the research and educational missions of the Institute.
VCU Medical Center has more than 10,000 employees, 805 licensed beds, and is consistently ranked as the #1 hospital in Virginia. VCU Medical Center is the only Level I adult and pediatric trauma center in Central Virginia. Our hospital has won numerous national awards for quality and safety. For more information, click here.
The VCU Department of Emergency Medicine faculty provide operational medical direction for emergency medical services (EMS) units in the city of Richmond, surrounding counties, Virginia State police, and LifeEvac helicopter services. Together, our rescue helicopters transport approximately 1,500 critical patients to VCU each year. We also serve as the region's Level 1 adult and pediatric trauma center, comprehensive post-resuscitation center, burn center, stroke center, cardiovascular and cardiac surgical center, and neurosurgical trauma center. For more information, click here.
The VCU Emergency Department is a newly-renovated, state-of-the-art facility with approximately 100 beds and is staffed with 62 attending faculty physicians and 30 emergency medicine residents. It boasts a 15-bay, high-tech resuscitation area that is one of the largest and best-equipped in the nation. Institute fellows would have the opportunity to spend time observing care in our Emergency Department, particularly in our trauma/resuscitation unit. For more information, click here.
At the VCU Trauma Center, our goal is simple: to deliver the best care possible to our patients, no matter how challenging the circumstances, and to provide training and education to help prevent injuries and violence before they occur. VCU Medical Center is the only comprehensive Level 1 trauma center in Virginia that is verified in adult, pediatric and burn trauma care. Our state-of-the-art facilities and our experienced, compassionate staff mean we are well-equipped to handle even the most complex traumatic injuries, and we staff board certified trauma and critical care surgeons around the clock. For more information, click here.
The VCU Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research and Clinical Research Services helps support VCU faculty in all aspects of research. VCU is one of only 60 Universities in the country to have been awarded the National Institute of Health’s National Center for Advancing Translational Science Clinical and Translational Science Award. CTSA-funded hub aim to accelerate scientific discovery along the entire biomedical research spectrum, from basic science to patient studies to clinical practice, using an integrated approach. For more information, click here.
The VCU Center for Trauma and Critical Care Education (CTCCE) was established in 1980 as an outreach program providing education to the EMS community in Central Virginia. Today, it offers comprehensive training programs for Medical Center and community care providers. It offers a wide range of courses including Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS), Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), and Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS). For more information, click here.
The Virginia Biotechnology Park is located adjacent to the VCU Health System campus in Richmond, VA. Today, the Park is home to nearly 60 life science companies, research institutes and state/federal labs, employing over 2,400 scientists, engineers, researchers, and staff. Members include early and mid-stage companies; multinational pharmaceutical, environmental and consumer product companies; as well as national healthcare organizations managing the nation’s solid organ transplant program. For more information, click here.
The VCU Critical Care Hospital is a 15 level, 367,000 sf facility with intensive care units for surgical trauma, neonatal, burn center, cardiac, neuroscience, medical, respiratory, and oncology patients. Opened in 2008, VCU’s Critical Care Hospital is the only hospital dedicated to Critical Care in the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is staffed by Intensivists and other Critical Care specialists. Institute fellows would have the opportunity to participate as an observer on Rounds on our various critical care services (including Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, Cardiac Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit, etc.). For more information, click here.
The VCU Center for Human Simulation and Patient Safety is a collaborative effort between the VCU School of Medicine and VCU Health Systems. It hosts simulations throughout the spectrum of low fidelity and high fidelity in clinical, surgical, and inter-professional disciplines. Since its formation in 2008, the Center has initiated and supported many extraordinary educational events. Types of educational offerings range from technical and procedural skills training to patient interviewing and examination skills to inter-professional team training and crisis management. For more information, click here.
VCU Sanger Hall includes academic and administrative offices and laboratory facilities for the School of Medicine, centrally scheduled classrooms and lecture halls, offices and support services of Technology Services, VCUCard, and the Office of Environmental Health and Safety. For more information, click here.
The VCU School of Engineering occupies nearly 300,000 sq ft. of space located in two Monroe Park Campus buildings. West Hall, completed in 1998 at a cost of $42 million, houses the C. Kenneth and Dianne Harris Wright Virginia Microelectronics Center and a full service engineering machine shop featuring a 3D rapid prototyping service center spanning 147,000 sq ft. After an ambitious $67 million campaign, the school added the 120,000 sq ft. East Hall in 2008 and the Institute for Engineering and Medicine the following year. For more information, click here.
VCU School of Pharmacy is at the scientific forefront in pharmacy, pharmaceutics and medicinal chemistry education and research. As pharmacy’s role in team-based health care continues to evolve, the school's location within the VCU Medical Center offers students and faculty tremendous opportunities for inter-professional collaboration. For more information, click here.
Dr. Vigneshwar Kasirajan’s (Chairman, Department of Surgery and Professor and Chair of the Division of Cardiothroacic Surgery) laboratory is involved in studies to benefit the heart surgery and the heart transplant patient. A shortage of donor hearts for transplantation severely limits the use of cardiac allotransplantation as a cure for end stage heart failure. The lab studies ways to use hearts from donors that otherwise were considered unusable in order to expand the donor pool. For more information, click here.
The Department of Neurosurgery at Virginia Commonwealth University has established a reputation for using the latest neurosurgical techniques to provide high-quality care and equip the next generation of physicians with clinical and operative experience. For more information, click here.
The Department of Anesthesiology has features that make it different from other academic departments of anesthesiology. Notably, we place particular focus on clinical education and patient safety. Our residency training program is unusually resident-directed. With guidance from our Resident Education Committee, chief residents schedule our education programs. With guidance from our schedule coordinators, senior residents direct the daily clinical assignments of other residents. Our research program focuses on topics related to resuscitation, blood management, and safety science. For more information, click here.
At VCU Health Pauley Heart Center, we focus on saving and improving the lives of people with heart disease. Our headquarters are in downtown Richmond, VA, and we have outpatient centers throughout the state. Our services include inpatient and outpatient care ranging from noninvasive cardiology to heart transplantation. We are a national leader in device-based treatments for advanced heart failure. For more information, click here.
The Center for Molecular Imaging fosters multidisciplinary molecular imaging and nanotechnology research using advanced imaging technologies. It is a multi-modality imaging center, conducting molecular imaging research with applications in cancer, neuroscience, cardiovascular disease, and inflammation, in addition to applications in biomedical engineering and regenerative medicine. Research in radiochemistry, nanotechnology and biomarker probe development underpin molecular imaging research with PET/CT, SPECT/CT, MRI/MRS, Optical, and photoacoustic imaging modalities all offered. For more information, click here.
The VCU Lipidomics Core Facility is determined to provide cost effective and highly quantitative lipid analysis for VCU faculty. While simultaneously having the greatest analytical capability on the east coast and the lowest cost per sample of any facility, we strive to provide thorough analyses with remarkable turnaround times. We currently offer quantitative analysis of sphingolipids, cardiolipins, eicosanoids, 3-PUFA-derived lipid mediators, steroid hormones, and cholesterol.
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