Saint Thomas West opens advanced medical education center

$1.5M grant supports medical education, research and technology

Saint Thomas Health is opening an advanced medical education center at the system's west Nashville hospital through a $1.5 million grant from Mike and Linda Curb.

The Linda and Mike Curb Institute for Advanced Medical Education at Saint Thomas West will offer web courses and live conferences for medical professionals, as well as skills labs and virtual operating rooms.

"This institute represents a significant milestone for Saint Thomas Health and the medical community," Dr. Mike Schatzlein, president and CEO of Saint Thomas Health, said in a release. "To advance the health of our patients, we must engage medical learners in meaningful, innovative ways that lead to changes in practice."

Additionally, the grant creates an education portal, a research fund and a technology fund. The Curb Education Portal will support the creation of educational content through partnerships with other Ascension Health affiliates, including medical schools in Indiana, Tennessee and Texas.

The Curb Research Fund will compare medical outcomes between patients at Saint Thomas and related Ascension Health hospitals, measuring the efficacy of treatment methods. The Curb Technology Fund supports the deployment of advanced technology to medical professionals.

"Linda and I are proud to support this project, which will transform the way medical professionals are trained and allow more residents and physicians to access advanced medical education through the Saint Thomas Health Learning Communities," said Mike Curb, who is the former lieutenant governor of California and founder of Curb Records.