Jump ARCHES Endowment-funded N95 Mask Design & Proposal Update

The Health Care Engineering Systems Center (HCESC), part of The Grainger College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is pleased to report on the significant progress of a proposal to develop personal protective equipment (PPE), namely N95 respirators, for local healthcare systems to help protect their staff against COVID-19. The proposal was funded by the Jump ARCHES endowment, a partnership between Jump Simulation and Education Center at OSF HealthCare and HCESC at the University of Illinois.

The team, led by principal investigator Jeremy Guest, Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois, has developed prototypes in collaboration with ShapeMaster, Inc. in Ogden, IL. The first quantitative fit test was performed at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, IL, where the team found that their N95 respirator mask prototype outperformed disposable N95 masks for fit and seal. The second round of fit testing is currently taking place at OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center in Urbana. After the current round of testing is finished, next steps include minor modifications to the design, additional prototype fabrication, and further testing including NIOSH filtration testing at a certified laboratory. Once final prototyping, fabrication, and testing are completed, the team will post the open-source designs online for anyone to manufacture.

“The goal of this project is to leverage the collective resources and expertise of the University of Illinois, OSF HealthCare, Carle Foundation Hospital, ShapeMaster, and other local groups to respond to the urgent and sustained need for N95 respirators,” said principal investigator Jeremy Guest. “The team is working to develop a clear, NIOSH-compliant N95 respirator that, with filter cartridge replacement, can be sanitized and reused for weeks or months.” The PPE shortage has forced many healthcare providers to reuse disposable masks that are intended for only one use. This project will both help alleviate that problem and make it easier on those who are deaf or hard of hearing to read the lips of people wearing the clear masks.

This proposal was submitted in response to the Jump ARCHES Priority Call that was announced in March to attract projects addressing COVID-19 and other pandemics. Guest’s co-primary investigators from OSF HealthCare in Peoria are Jared C. Rogers, MD, CPE, FAAFP, and John F. Kreckman, MD, MBA, CPE, FAAFP. In addition to affiliates from OSF HealthCare and the University of Illinois, the team has been working with Carle Foundation Hospital, Johns Hopkins University, ShapeMaster, Inc., and TEKMILL to develop the respirator. Jump Applied Research Center for Community Health through Engineering and Simulation (Jump ARCHES) is a partnership between Jump Simulation and Education Center at OSF HealthCare and HCESC at the University of Illinois. This partnership provides direct access and competitive grants for engineers and clinicians of every discipline to work together solving problems in healthcare. Over the last four years, this endowment has funded 38 proposals totaling over $2 million to researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria, and OSF HealthCare systems. Learn more about Jump ARCHES here.

Jump ARCHES Summer Internship Goes Virtual for 2020

The highlight of our summer is hosting the Jump ARCHES Summer Internship, a two-month program that provides undergraduate and graduate students from the University of Illinois with the opportunity to work with Jump ARCHES grant recipients on their projects. While we’re eagerly awaiting our return to campus in the fall, many aspects of the university continue to function online, including the Jump ARCHES Summer Internship.

At the beginning of the pandemic when we were unsure whether the internship could take place in-person, the concept of pivoting to online learning was still daunting. As companies across the globe began to cancel or shorten internship programs both for practical and financial reasons, we knew we could make a virtual internship work at HCESC.

“Being able to provide internships to students is so important, and I’m grateful to be a part of an organization that has continued to offer this experience during this uncertain time,” said Lydia Lee, Simulation Engineer at HCESC. “Although transitioning the internship to be completely virtual wasn’t easy, I’m glad that we were able to onboard all the interns successfully with projects that they are excited about!”

Out of our 11 interns, seven of them are studying Computer Engineering or Computer Science, three are studying Electrical Engineering, one is studying Mechanical Engineering, and one is studying for their MS in Library and Information Science. Many of the projects they are working on are centered around using virtual reality technology. Junior in Computer Science Jacqueline Chen said, “There are a lot of really cool projects happening that I otherwise wouldn’t have been able to see or work on. I’ve definitely increased my understanding of the kinds of skills and tasks research involves and have grown as a result of this process.”

This internship is unique in that it provides engineering students with the opportunity to apply what they learn in class to healthcare, a core value of HCESC and Jump ARCHES. Junior in Mechanical Engineering Peter Chien said, “I love that I’m able to leverage my strengths in mechanical design and product development to spearhead the hardware aspects of my project. I also have the opportunity to work extensively with electronics and programming, allowing me to grasp crucial skills and concepts I wouldn’t otherwise find in my standard university curriculum. I truly believe [the project I am working on] has the potential to be scaled up and implemented in the real world for disinfecting facilities, which is a use-case more relevant now than ever before due to COVID-19.”

Another exciting aspect of the virtual internship is that it allows students to partake in research from all across the globe, when normally they would either need to stay at their on-campus apartment or find a summer sublease. From Champaign, to Abu Dhabi, to South Korea, our 11 interns are becoming pros at navigating research from afar! The interns meet as a group every Friday over Zoom to discuss the progress they have made each week on their projects.

We look forward to spotlighting our interns and the projects they are working on throughout the summer! Stay tuned here on our website and follow us on FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn to make sure you don’t miss a thing!

N95 Respirator Mask Design & Fabrication

Welcome to the second edition of “Under the Microscope,” where we speak with an investigator from a different Jump ARCHES project in each feature. In this feature, we’re speaking with Jeremy Guest, co-principal investigator of a proposal to design and fabricate N95 respirator masks. This project was funded by the 2020 Jump ARCHES Priority Call for proposals to address COVID-19 and other pandemics. Read about the rest of the funded projects here.

Give us a brief summary of your project and what prompted you to undertake this research:

The goal of this project is to leverage the collective resources and expertise of the University of Illinois, OSF HealthCare, Carle Foundation Hospital, ShapeMaster Inc., and other local groups to respond to the urgent and sustained need for N95 respirators amid the COVID-19 pandemic. My team is working to develop a clear, NIOSH-compliant N95 respirator that, with filter cartridge replacement, can be sanitized and reused for weeks.

There was clearly a pressing need for PPE for healthcare workers in the early stages of the pandemic, but there was no clear indication that supply chains would be able to recover in time to keep up with sustained demand. We began this project with the intent of diversifying the portfolio of solutions that healthcare providers could use to protect their staff. As director of the Environmental Engineering and Science Laboratories in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at U of I, I had been looking for ways to contribute by, for example, inventorying available PPE in our laboratories. When U of I began to organize the I-PPE Initiative, I was glad to become involved and help lead a committed, collaborative, and energetic team to work toward a reusable N95 respirator and reusable face shield.

Who are your collaborators and how did you decide to work with them?

The Co-PIs for this project from OSF HealthCare are Jared C. Rogers, M.D., who is Regional President of OSF HealthCare Heart of Mary Medical Center and John. F. Kreckman, M.D., who is the Chief Medical Officer and VP of Medical Affairs at OSF HealthCare Heart of Mary Medical Center. We’ve also worked closely with Brent Cross at Jump Simulation Center and received feedback from Wendy Ash of OSF. We’re now working with Michelle Brownfield at OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center to do the fit testing. Some other key collaborators from U of I include Professor Helen Nguyen (I-PPE lead), Lisa Bievenue, Professor Vishal Verma, Professor Shelly Zhang, Professor Roland Cusick, Professor Kesh Kesavadas, and more than a dozen others. Ken Cooley from ShapeMaster in Ogden, IL has been critical in fabrication and prototyping. Professor James Guest from Johns Hopkins University and Michael Aref, Matt Ashmore, and William Scott from Carle contributed substantively as well.

What’s the current status of the project and how do you see it progressing in the future?

We have developed prototypes in collaboration with ShapeMaster, Inc. in Ogden, IL, and with one component made by TEKMILL in Champaign. We’ve done a quantitative fit test at Carle Foundation Hospital, where our N95 prototype outperformed disposable N95s for fit and seal. We will be doing fit testing at OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center in Urbana this month, and after that we’ll make some minor modifications to the design, fabricate more prototypes, and proceed with additional testing including NIOSH filtration testing at a certified laboratory. The long-term goal is to enable companies to manufacture this from the open-source designs we’ll post online. OSF plans to prototype the design and test in their facilities. Our hope is that we can develop a design that passes fit tests, meets NIOSH N95 performance guidelines, and helps to expand the portfolio of potential solutions healthcare systems could leverage to protect their staff. The fact that its reusable would reduce demand overall.

Spring 2020 Jump ARCHES Grants Focus on Rapid Solutions for COVID-19 Response

Seventeen research projects are sharing nearly $800,000 in funding through the Jump ARCHES research and development program. The Jump Applied Research for Community Health through Engineering and Simulation (Jump ARCHES) program is a partnership between OSF HealthCare and The Grainger College of Engineering at the University of Illinois (U of I) at Urbana-Champaign.

These projects were submitted to an unprecedented special call for Jump ARCHES proposals to address COVID-19, pandemics, and other public health crises through smart health, data analytics, AI, and other technologies. The ARCHES program supports research involving clinicians, engineers, and social scientists from OSF HealthCare, University of Illinois, and U of I College of Medicine in Peoria (UICOMP) to develop technologies and devices that could revolutionize medical training and health care delivery.

A requirement of the grant applications was for solutions that could be deployed quickly, within four to six weeks.

“In this crisis mode where we are all working to leverage Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center and our talents to improve service for patients affected by COVID-19, the synergistic effect of engineering and clinical service breaks down traditional barriers and gets us more quickly to much-needed solutions,” said
Dr. John Vozenilek, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Jump Simulation Center in Peoria.

“When COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, we felt that it was our responsibility to help researchers find solutions,” said T. Kesh Kesavadas, of the Health Care Engineering Systems Center at U of I at Urbana-Champaign and Engineer-in-Chief of Jump ARCHES.

View a brief summary of each project here.

Digitizing the Neurological Screening Examination

Welcome to the first Jump ARCHES “Under the Microscope,” where we speak with an investigator from a different project in each feature. In this feature, we’re speaking with George Heintz, co-primary investigator of “Digitizing the Neurological Screening Examination.” This project, funded in the Jump ARCHES 2019 cycle, attempts to digitize standard neurological screenings of patients in order to ID and predict neurological diseases.

Give us a brief summary of your project and what prompted you to undertake this research:

This project attempts to digitize and quantify neurological screening examinations, which are meant to identify neurological symptoms and eventually the disease that is responsible. We intend to quantify movement disorders through images, motion sensors, and force data. We are currently evaluating different equipment options starting with the Microsoft Kinect DK camera, utilizing commodity products such as cell phones, and the new HoloLense 2, which we have not tested yet but hear is a great improvement from the previous version. Using AI and imaging methods, we believe that we can quantify the movement deviations which would enable us to discriminate between normal to abnormal and measure how fast a disease is progressing.

Who are your collaborators and how did you decide to work with them?

Minh Do, a professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at UIUC, is the principal investigator who oversees all of our research. Dr. Chris Zallek, a neurologist at OSF, and Jake Sosnoff, a professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Applied Health Sciences at UIUC, are co-primary investigators along with myself. About two years ago, Chris gave a talk at the Health Care Engineering Systems Center about general neurological examinations, which inspired me to think about how one could quantify these complex examinations. While searching for collaborators, I discussed with Minh Do to see if it was possible and whether his research aligned with the idea. I introduced Minh to Chris, then we identified Jake Sosnoff as a movement specialist and additional collaborator. We then wrote the Jump ARCHES proposal together and won.

How do you see this research being used in the future?

This research would allow a clinician, primary care physician, or even advanced practical nurse to realize abnormalities or changes in a patient across multiple visits and make informed decisions such as adjusting medication doses, prescribing targeted exercises, or making predictions as to when patients will need more assistive technology in the home or move into assisted living facilities. Ultimately, this will help patients prepare for difficult financial or logistical adjustments in their household and plan for future care. This, however, is a long-term goal.

A Message from the Director – T. Kesh Kesavadas

The health care and engineering fields are home to some of the world’s brightest minds and most groundbreaking technologies. When combined, I believe that we can rise to the challenge of conquering the most difficult and frightening of tasks. Today, we have COVID-19 consuming every facet of our lives, testing our health care systems and our abilities to work together.

The Health Care Engineering Systems Center at Illinois (HCESC) is proud to contribute in the fight against COVID-19. Most prominently, we have formed a COVID-19 Task Force to assist both the local and the university community in planning for and predicting the spread of COVID-19 in the state of Illinois. The Task Force consists of leading computer scientists and health care professionals from The Grainger College of Engineering and the Carle Illinois College of Medicine. The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District and OSF HealthCare have been extremely helpful in collecting and distributing data to the Task Force on a daily basis.

The Task Force has launched a COVID-19 webpage on the Health Care Engineering Systems Center site to share the latest information and resources.  The webpage also provides direct connections to various centers and faculty in the campus community with expertise in community health and data analytics. The page is updated daily with local data and regularly with blog features regarding developments in the campus community towards COVID-19.

HCESC has been working with Carle Foundation Hospital and OSF HealthCare’s COVID-19 preparedness groups to assist them through tele-medicine. Our tele-medicine group has been working to identify and deploy sensors that will monitor patients at home with the goal of reducing the influx of patients to emergency departments. This will have a tremendous impact on our community’s ability to combat COVID-19 and allow hospital capacity for anyone in need of treatment. Additional areas being explored are computation modeling different patient physiological conditions to test ventilators as a cyber-physical system.

Jump Simulation Center at the University of Illinois, an important part of HCESC, is actively engaged in several COVID-19 research projects, most notably the Illinois RapidVent. We have been testing the Illinois RapidVent on patient simulators as well as creating a virtual reality training module on using the device. I would like to extend praise to HCESC and Jump Simulation Center team members Harris Nisar and Shandra Jamison for their hard work on this project. Anusha Muralidharan is also working hard on the PPE stream to test fitness and performance of the filtration systems in the simulation center.

In early March, we announced a Jump ARCHES priority call for proposals in need of immediate funding for COVID-19 and pandemic-related research projects. Over the last two weeks we have helped over twenty investigators to form research teams while also setting immediate research goals for the COVID-19 priority call. We are impressed at the wide range of research that investigators have proposed in this priority call from design of new techniques for rapid testing of viruses to using AI for modeling. We are expecting to make several high-impact awards in the coming days. One award we are excited to contribute towards is to address the needs of N95 masks for front line healthcare providers in our local community. Jump ARCHES has funded this proposal by primary investigator Jeremy Guest of UIUC and co-primary investigators Jared C. Rogers and John F. Kreckman of OSF HealthCare, and Brent Cross of Jump Education and Simulation Center. You can read more about this project here.

I am also pleased to note that we plan to continue the popular Jump ARCHES summer internship this year as a virtual internship program. We plan on providing students with kits that they can use at home to work on health care projects.

Finally, we are happy to report that the COVID-19 Virtual Summit, which was held on April 6, 2020, was very productive and informational. This summit brought together healthcare providers, industry professionals, and experts in data to discuss research, ideas, outcomes, and challenges regarding COVID-19. The summit was open to the public and over 125 people participated. If you would like more information or to view a recording of the summit, please visit this page.

We are working with the campus to provide a safe community for students this fall. I am confident that the health care engineering field will make significant contributions in combatting COVID-19 and future pandemic illnesses that our world may face. While times may be difficult now and in the near future, I trust that we will emerge from this situation with groundbreaking technologies and a profound sense of community that will assist us in facing any challenges the future may bring.

Thank you for reading. Stay safe, stay healthy, and do your part.

Sincerely,

T. Kesh Kesavadas

Director, Health Care Engineering Systems Center

From the Experts: Carolyn Beck, Ph.D.

Carolyn Beck, Ph.D., Professor in the Department of Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering at the UIUC, responds to a question she received during the COVID-19 Virtual Summit panel discussion on Monday, April 6, 2020. This question was asked in response to Professor Beck, Professor Sergei Maslov, and Professor Nigel Goldenfeld’s separate talks on epidemiological compartment modeling.

Question: Could you explain the difference in the possible uses of your models? Since they use different methodology, would they be useful for different purposes?

Answer from Professor Beck:

We are actually starting from the same place in our modeling: epidemiological compartment models. The models I discussed were what we call SIS models (susceptible-infected-susceptible), as the simplest example of compartment models. I then discussed incorporating network structures into these models, which means that you need to think about the dynamics of the disease over a mathematical graph. So, now we think about the nodes as their own little compartments, with some probability of infection, as interconnected to other nodes via edges in the graph, which may have varying weights or strengths.

Professor Maslov and Professor Goldenfeld were also discussing epidemiological compartment models. They discussed SEIR models (susceptible-exposed-infected-recovered). These are more specifically relevant to COVID-19, and they are looking at estimating the model parameters from data taken in different geographical areas (although I believe they have mostly focused on Illinois and the Chicago area).

To connect these models, we might take the distinct geographical area models that Professors Maslov and Goldenfeld have estimated, then look at human mobility and/or traffic patterns between these areas and connect them with network-like structures to arrive at the networked epidemiological models I discussed.

To view Professor Beck and Maslov’s talks, see the COVID-19 Virtual Summit here.

Conversations from the COVID-19 Virtual Summit Panel Discussion

On Monday, April 6, 2020, the Health Care Engineering Systems Center held the COVID-19 Virtual Summit featuring medical professionals and data scientists from both within and outside of UIUC to discuss the challenges of COVID-19 on local, regional, statewide, and national levels. The summit was comprised of 12 individual talks and a panel discussion. Together with panel moderator Roy Campbell, Sohaib and Sara Abbasi Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at the University of Illinois, we’ve put together a summary of the most important points from our panel discussion.

Panelists included:

  • Tamer Basar, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Carolyn Beck, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Cheng-Kai Kai, M.D., University of Chicago
  • David Liebovitz, M.D., Northwestern University
  • Sergei Maslov, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Richard Novak, M.D., University of Illinois at Chicago

Challenges, Recommendations, and Takeaways:

  1. There are many organizational issues regarding testing facilities. David Liebovitz, M.D., said that drive-through COVID-19 testing facilities have a longer turnaround compared to inpatient testing. Cheng-Kai Kao, M.D., pointed out that while there are ways to scale up testing, test accuracy may be much lower than expected.
  2. Low-income and minority populations are at high risk. There is a higher instance of the spread, morbidity, and mortality due to COVID-19 among low-income and minority populations in the Chicago area and surrounding suburbs. While this is true of many diseases, Richard Novak, M.D., cited additional reasons being limited resources of fast testing practices, and homeless shelters, prisons, and retirement homes being shared facilities with a lack of space to self-isolate and social distance.
  3. Pandemic best practices are generally not applied well in rural areas. Richard Novak, M.D., pointed out that policies such as universal masking are useful when implemented early, but often are not. Sergei Maslov, Ph.D., added that the implementation of social distancing is very different between counties and that many people in rural downstate areas did not start to social distance when more heavily-populated areas began to do so. Carolyn Beck, Ph.D., was concerned about the lack of data to reflect different transmission rates in rural areas. Tamer Basar, Ph.D., noted that enforcing stay-at-home orders will soon become a major challenge as the weather gets warmer and people tire of remaining inside.
  4. Supply chain issues that hospitals and essential workers are experiencing, such as the shortage of PPE and other equipment, will continue. There is not yet enough data to determine whether supply chain issues will affect other industries. Carolyn Beck, Ph.D., mentioned that models exist to assist care providers with mitigating these supply chain issues.
  5. Current prediction models are not sufficient. Sergei Maslov, Ph.D., stressed that decision makers rely on accurate models, but many things are contributing to the current lack of accuracy. One contributing factor is the lack of testing data, and another is too little progress being made in heterogeneous modeling. Tamer Basar, Ph.D., confirmed and encouraged to develop models that allow for any discrepancies between regions. For example, it is unknown how receptive the population will be to new COVID-related policies and how that will influence further spread of the disease.

Our expert panelists touched on several issues related to COVID-19, however the above themes were the most prevalent. Are you interested in hearing the full discussion from our expert panelists? View the panel, which begins at 43:15, here.

From the Experts: Tamer Başar, Ph.D.

Tamer Başar, Director of the Center for Advanced Study and Swanlund Endowed Chair and Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UIUC, responds to two questions he received during the COVID-19 Virtual Summit panel discussion on Monday, April 6.

Question from Deanna DeBord: Was our country’s response to COVID-19 strong and quick enough? If not, should we have known to respond stronger and quicker based on previous epidemics and how can we best prevent the next novel virus from crippling entire countries?

Answer from Dr. Başar:

Thanks for the questions. Unfortunately, our country’s response was substantially delayed, and even then it was only incremental. When it was already known what kind of devastation COVID-19 was bringing first to China and then to Europe (particularly Italy) and the havoc it was creating, we should have learned from the experiences those hot spots were gaining, and at least should have started the planning process for handling the eventual spread of epidemics in the country. This planning process would have entailed, among others, (1) having an appropriate response mechanism in place, (2) making sure that a sufficient number of testing centers are created and distributed across the country according to population densities, (3) making sure that hospitals have the capacity and isolated chambers to handle all cases in their communities in a worst-case scenario,  (4) making sure that there is a sufficient supply of high-quality masks to meet their needs, and (5) making sure that the supply chain for other essential goods and products would not be disrupted. This planning process should have started back in January, and from what I know, none of this was done. Of course, since the virus did not originate in our country, an early effective measure would have been to ban travel into the country, particularly from already-infected countries, since coronavirus is carried by people and not by any other means. If not total banning at early stages, we should at least have applied conclusive testing to incoming passengers and quarantine those who test positive. Again, none of this was done early enough. Yes, we banned travel from China at some point, and much later from Europe (and in stages), but it was too little, too late. There’s evidence that most, if not all of the active cases in the country (except for Seattle) are due to the virus being carried in by people coming from Europe. Once carriers are in the country and are not concentrated at one location, and you allow travel across state lines, you would definitely have diffusion to the entire country. One then has to move to phase two and try to contain the epidemics to the extent possible (and make sure that all the measures I have listed earlier are in place). So, this is the situation we’re facing now.

The above also partially answers your last question, as to how we can prevent the next wave from crippling the entire world. If the next virus is a mutation of the current one, then there will not be a single country where it will originate at, and what we face would be the second phase I discussed above. If it is a totally new virus that originates in a single country, then we will have to do an instant quarantining of that country (to be agreed to by all nations), or relevant locality of that country, and take strict measures not to allow for travel out of that infected region. I hope we have learned valuable lessons from the current pandemics, to be able to handle any future one more effectively.

Question from Kesh Kesavadas: Should states do sampling by random testing?

Answer from Dr. Başar: Thanks for the question. Of course, all those who show symptoms should be tested. Assuming that there’s some excess capacity for testing, but not enough to test everyone (as it was done in South Korea), then I think random sampling-based testing is the way to go, but in two stages. When we talk about random sampling, there’s always an underlying distribution. If no prior information is available, then uniform sampling is the most logical one (that is, prior is uniform). But the outcome of the testing as a result of that uniform sampling may lead to a non-uniform posterior, which is why I advocate a two-stage sampling, where at the second stage the posterior of the first stage is used as a prior for the distribution. In any case, indeed some randomness (but an informed one) should be used in the testing process of those who do not show any symptoms (but could be potential carriers).

Thank you Dr. Başar for your participation in the panel discussion and answering these questions post-summit!

Jump ARCHES Endowment Funds University of Illinois N95 Mask Design & Fabrication Proposal

Jump ARCHES is pleased to announce the funding of proposal for the fabrication of personal protective equipment (PPE), namely N95 respirators, for local healthcare systems to help protect their staff against COVID-19. Jump ARCHES is a partnership between Jump Simulation and Education Center at OSF HealthCare and HCESC at the University of Illinois.

This proposal was submitted in response to the Jump ARCHES Priority Call that was announced in March to attract projects addressing COVID-19 and other pandemics. The primary investigator of this project from the University of Illinois is Jeremy Guest, Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in The Grainger College of Engineering. The co-primary investigators from OSF HealthCare in Peoria are Jared C. Rogers, MD, CPE, FAAFP, Regional President OSF HealthCare Heart of Mary Medical Center and John F. Kreckman, MD, MBA, CPE, FAAFP, Chief Medical Officer, Vice President of Medical Affairs OSF HealthCare Heart of Mary Medical Center, Urbana IL, and Brent Cross, Simulation Engineer at Jump Education and Simulation Center, Peoria IL.

Jump Applied Research Center for Community Health through Engineering and Simulation (Jump ARCHES) is a partnership between Jump Simulation and Education Center at OSF HealthCare and HCESC at the University of Illinois. This partnership provides direct access and competitive grants for engineers and clinicians of every discipline to work together solving problems in healthcare. Over the last four years, this endowment has funded 38 proposals totaling over $2 million to researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria, and OSF HealthCare systems. Learn more here.