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Nashville Building World’s Largest Medical Trade Center–HIMSS to Occupy Top Floor - Simulated Hospital With Vendors

Posted Nov 08 2010 7:01pm

There will be 300 to 350 vendors in the facility when built.  There will not be rubber gloves and bandaids for sale, but rather other items in healthcare, devices, furniture and so on.  Imaging equipment will be there and the possibilities of coming back to the facility for training are slated to be available.  The HIMSS top floor will involve about 100 vendors.  image

There has been another project that is similar announced for Cleveland, but it is much smaller with 130,000 square feet and this one will have 1.5 million square feet so that sums the size comparison. 

“Twenty percent of the hospitals in America are controlled or owned by companies based in Nashville”

HCA, Hospital Corporation of America is also located in Nashville and were recently in the news with the purchase of another non profit hospital.  BD

A company best known for furniture and apparel marts heads to a city best known for country music, and they partner to build the world’s largest medical trade center. Sound implausible? I thought so too, until I talked to Bill Winsor , president and CEO of Market Center Management Company (MCMC) and heard the back story.

MCMC, an international wholesale trade center and tradeshow management company in Dallas, is getting ready to break ground on the Nashville Medical Trade Center , a 1.5 million square foot facility that will be built on the existing Nashville Convention Center. The medical trade center will have a permanent manufacturer showroom (with everything from surgical equipment to health information technology products), temporary trade show space and conference facilities . It will open in 2013.

The Healthcare Information and Management Society —HIMSS—they are making a simulated hospital on the top floor. It will connect the OR, the patient room, patient records, admissions. There will be more than 100 vendors that will set up. We saw this idea at the HIMSS show, but we thought putting this together on a permanent basis would be valuable, just showing the simulations with all the dummies in a connected environment.

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