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Cook-DeVos Health Sciences Labs and Facilities

Welcome to the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences (CHS) at Grand Valley State University! Our state-of-the-art academic facility enables our health professions and nursing students to achieve the highest level of learning. 

Located on Grand Rapid’s "Medical Mile,” the Center for Health Sciences takes health education and research initiatives to a higher level. CHS houses many of Grand Valley's health professions programs in one facility. Faculty and staff members who teach and work there have established unique collaborations and partnerships with area hospitals, research organizations, and health care professionals. Students will enjoy the advanced learning opportunities made possible by these ventures. CHS is home to Grand Valley's health curriculum, including the Kirkhof College of Nursing, College of Health Professions, and the Office of the Vice Provost for Health.

This facility includes a large practice laboratory dedicated to teaching history, physical exam and procedural skills as well as a comprehensive simulation suite. This suite includes a simulated hospital suite that includes a critical care suite and an eight-room primary care suite. These rooms are utilized right from the beginning of a student's education, allowing the application of classroom material in a clinical context. CHS houses more than 15 different student study areas and 30 teaching and learning labs, including:

Assessment and Simulation Labs

Assessment Labs – Modeled like emergency rooms with hospital beds separated by curtains. Four assessment labs in CHS are utilized by all programs. 

Hospital Simulation Lab – This space includes an ICU room, a neonatal ICU space, emergency room beds and regular hospital rooms. Two of the rooms share a bathroom so students can practice assisting patients in/out of showers, etc. This lab may utilize model patients (paid “actors” who follow a prepared script and help students practice on real people in “real” situations). All of the spaces in this lab allow for digital recording so that students can review their actions with a faculty member.

Model Patient Suite – This space is designed to look like a general practitioner's office. This space also utilizes digital recording devices as well as the model patients.

Home Health Lab – This lab is set up like a residential home and is complete with a full kitchen, bathroom, two bedrooms, living room and dining room. Students utilizing this lab are learning to conduct home visits and help patients function in their own surroundings.

Occupational Therapy Labs

Occupational Safety and Health Lab – A sound chamber enables students to evaluate the impact of certain sound types/levels on individuals and to practice extraction procedures.

Human Occupations Lab – Trains students to help individuals return to work after a serious injury. 

Ergonomics Lab – Trains students to help assess the workplace and make sure it is comfortable, safe and free of unnecessary stressors on the body. 

Rehabilitation Labs

Motion Analysis Biomechanics Lab -- Equipment in the floor and cameras mounted on ceiling allow students and faculty members to create 3-D imaging of a person’s movement. This equipment is similar to that used at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital in Grand Rapids.

Movement Lab – A cushioned floor accommodates the recreational activities that will take place in this space that is utilized by Therapeutic Recreation students. 

Professional Sciences Labs

Genetics/Microbiology Lab 

Medical Imaging Suite – One of Grand Valley's newest programs, this space includes X-ray machines, a dark room to process film, a sonography lab, a simulator and a treatment planning area. 

Clinical Lab Sciences – Students learn how to conduct clinical testing (blood tests, urinalysis, etc.).

Bioinformatics Lab – Students learn how to utilize specialized computer software to manage patient care. This is an emerging trend in healthcare – the use of computers to manage treatment, records, etc.