Florida Blue $1 Million Gift Supports Health Knowledge Exchange in New USF Downtown Building

TAMPA, Fla. (June 21, 2017) – Florida Blue’s $1 million gift to the USF Health’s Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Institute building in downtown Tampa was recognized by the USF Board of Trustees last week with the naming of its medical library.

“We are thrilled to see Florida Blue support the Morsani College of Medicine’s move to downtown Tampa as a million-dollar investor,” said USF System President Judy Genshaft. “Florida Blue stands as a strong advocate for USF and the health of Floridians, and we value their partnership.”

More than a medical library, the Florida Blue Health Knowledge Exchange will serve as a hub for connecting people and ideas in the new USF downtown building. As libraries depart from housing stacks of printed collections, the Florida Blue Health Knowledge Exchange will instead host the research  librarians who can help students, researchers and patients access an ever-expanding trove of digital information.

The 5,000-square-foot Florida Blue Health Knowledge Exchange will be located inside the new USF Health Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Institute in downtown Tampa.

“Medical knowledge is expected to double every 73 days by the year 2020, which greatly affects the way we need to train tomorrow’s doctors,” said Dr. Charles Lockwood, senior vice president for USF Health and dean of the Morsani College of Medicine. “The Florida Blue Health Knowledge Exchange will become a central resource in helping our students learn how to navigate these emerging discoveries to serve their future patients.”

The 5,000-square-foot Florida Blue Health Knowledge Exchange will be open to the public and feature a large-scale video wall for multimedia presentations, an executive-style reading room, a reference desk, and a space for technology demonstrations and recording lectures for online learning.

“Keeping pace with the rapidly evolving world of health data and technology is critical in today’s health care environment. The Florida Blue Health Knowledge Exchange is aptly named, as it will serve that goal by facilitating information sharing and collaboration among students, health professionals and entrepreneurs,” said Florida Blue CEO Pat Geraghty. “USF and the Tampa Bay community are well positioned to be a center of health knowledge and learning. We are very proud to be a part of this public facility, which aligns so closely with our own mission of helping people and communities achieve better health.”

“Florida Blue’s generous gift fulfills our vision to create a technology rich knowledge environment to support learning, discovery, and patient centered care. The impact of this gift will be better health for our community and the world,” said Rose Bland, MPA, MA, AHIP, director of the Shimberg Health Sciences Library.

In addition to the USF Downtown expansion, the Florida Blue Foundation has supported other areas of USF Health and the Muma College of Business, and is a corporate member of USF Women in Leadership and Philanthropy.

“It is through the philanthropic investment of community partners like Florida Blue that we will complete the vision of USF Downtown,” said USF Foundation CEO Joel Momberg. “We are grateful for Florida Blue’s generosity and leadership.”

Story by Davina Gould,  USF Health Development