On September 2, the state-of-the-art Meyer Health Campus opened after two and a half years in the making.
Covering 5,000 square metres, set in almost three hectares of parkland, the campus hosts a pediatric healthcare training centre with two auditoriums, seven classrooms and a reading room/library for continued professional training, pediatric simulation and educational activities for the University of Florence’s medical specialization departments.
Connected to Meyer by a striking walkway, the campus will also support the psychological and physical wellbeing of healthcare professionals and community education aimed at families.
“The Meyer Health Campus aims to be much more than a learning center of a university hospital, even if it has state-of-the-art features in terms of space and technology,” explains the director general of Meyer, Alberto Zanobini. “It aims to represent a “factory of health and knowledge”, a place that provides relief for professionals, a place to cultivate young talent, to promote children’s and family health, and to design new training models for tomorrow’s public healthcare professionals. After years of social distancing due to the pandemic, Meyer has opened a meeting space for human relations, under Article 32 of the Italian Constitution, which stands out with an installation by the entrance to the facility. The Campus enables us to take another step forwards in building community health, adding a space dedicated to a new Humanism of Health right next to the villa once owned by Cosimo the Elder.”
The campus aims to provide a venue for tomorrow’s healthcare professionals (undergraduates and postgraduates) and continued professional training. Provided with the University of Florence and accredited companies, training will also be extended to universities in Italy and in other countries for work experience placements at the Meyer Hospital.
Meyer Simulation Centre
One of the campus’s crowning achievements is the Meyer Simulation Centre, which is focused on innovation in healthcare that blends training, professional development, research and technology to come up with a new model of pediatric care. Established under the guidance of Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, the centre is a realistic reproduction of a hospital with wards, an operating theatre and an intensive care unit, as well as a children’s room where parents and caregivers can receive training in a family environment to learn how to look after vulnerable kids with complex illnesses. The entire project was funded by a generous donation from the Mario Marianelli Foundation and the support of the Meyer Foundation.
Meyer Center for Health and Happiness
In line with the holistic vision that Meyer has for health and wellbeing, the Meyer Center for Health and Happiness is devoted to encouraging wellbeing across the community. Open to all, the centre runs innovative campaigns to ensure the social, mental and emotional health of children and teenagers with the active involvement of families, volunteers and social associations.
Center for Leadership and Health
Dedicated to the study and practice of adaptive leadership, the OLI-Meyer Center for Leadership and Health embraces the method developed by Professors Ronald Heifetz and Marty Linsky at Harvard Kennedy School. Established in partnership with the Adriano Olivetti Leadership Institute–OLI in Ivrea, Piedmont, which introduced the method to Italy, the centre provides an accessible leadership concept that helps people and organizations to reimagine themselves and delve into the complex challenges offered by change in the health context.