St. Vincent Breaks Ground on New Healthcare Education & Simulation Center

Center to be named after Dr. William K. Nasser

A groundbreaking ceremony was held today for the new William K. Nasser, MD, Healthcare Education and Simulation Center, located on the campus of St. Vincent Hospital, 1801 W. 86th Street. The new $13.6 million state-of-the-art facility will be named after the late Dr. William K. Nasser. Dr. Nasser was a legendary cardiologist who founded the former Nasser, Smith and Pinkerton Cardiology Group, ultimately merging with The Care Group, which is now St. Vincent Medical Group. He was a key physician leader in the expansion and vision of today’s St. Vincent Indianapolis campus and is remembered by his colleagues as Indiana’s “Father of Cardiology.”

“My husband’s passion in caring for others was evident in his years of practicing cardiology,” said Wanda Nasser, St. Vincent Foundation Board member/lead donor of the Campaign. “This new facility will help ensure that healthcare professionals will have exposure to meaningful specialized learning opportunities that will allow them to provide their patients with the best care possible now and for years to come.”

In addition to classrooms, virtual reality training and skills lab, the 45,000 square foot Center will offer focused and enhanced opportunities for learning, with flexible spaces that can be continually modified to simulate a number of medical settings: an operating room, intensive care unit, labor/delivery room and more. High tech responsive manikins and task-specific tools will aid in practicing difficult or complicated procedures and make it possible for all physicians, nurses, residents, mid-level providers, medical technicians and caregiving teams to react and respond to unusual or high-stakes situations in a controlled environment, without any risks to patients.

“This new facility will not only strengthen the skills of healthcare professionals, but also provide them with opportunities to develop innovative procedures that will help improve the care and safety of our patients,” said Jonathan Nalli, CEO, St. Vincent, Senior Vice President, Ascension Healthcare, Indiana Ministry Market Executive. “We are extremely proud to be leading such an exciting project.”

The Center is one of two projects included in the St. Vincent Foundation’s Science. Service. Spirit. Capital Campaign. Additional naming opportunities are available for businesses and individuals who may want to support this project. For more information visit or call 317.338.2338.

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About St. Vincent In Indiana, Ascension’s St. Vincent operates 20 hospitals in addition to a comprehensive network of affiliated joint ventures, medical practices and clinics that cover a 57-county area and employ more than 15,000 associates. Across the state, St. Vincent provided more than $266 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty in fiscal year 2016. Serving Indiana for 136 years, Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. Ascension is the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, operating 2,500 sites of care – including 141 hospitals and more than 30 senior living facilities – in 24 states and the District of Columbia. Visit