Shepard Center for Healthcare Engineering Gift Helps to Expand Delivery of Care

The Shepard Endowment for Healthcare Engineering at Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center (Jump) has received a $10 million donation from its founder, William Shepard, which will enable Jump to expand on the positive results from the creation of the first 3D peer-reviewed library of hearts.

The Shepard Endowment for Healthcare Engineering began with a $5 million gift from William Shepard in 2012, and is a unique collaboration between engineers and health care clinicians to develop revolutionary ways to deliver care.

The original gift supported the Advanced Imaging and Modeling (AIM) work of pediatric cardiologist Dr. Matthew Bramlet, pictured above, and the development of a library of 3D congenital hearts in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) 3D Print Exchange. The library provides physicians with a true model of a patient’s heart, allowing them to study the model and best prepare for treating the patient prior to surgery.

“What sets The Shepard Endowment for Healthcare Engineering at Jump apart from other programs across the country are the resources invested in the complex engineering services,” explains Dr. Bramlet. “Through the latest gift of Mr. Shepard, we are able to take this care outside the walls of OSF HealthCare and touch many lives.”

The gift will be used in a variety of ways:

  • When a clinical image (CT or MRI scan) of a child with congenital heart disease is sent to Jump by a referring physician, Jump will print the heart with its state-of-art 3D technique without charge to the family.
  • Jump will continue to support the work of the NIH 3D Print Exchange Heart Library and generate peer review and improvements in technique. 
  • Jump will continue to expand the work of AIM to improve the availability of images to patients and families and expand the ability to educate using 3D, virtual, and augmented reality.
  • Jump will share findings and educate clinicians about the potential for 3D medical visualization in addition to educating the general public via demonstrations at museums and STEM education events.

“Mr. Shepard’s generous contribution to OSF HealthCare is really a catalyst to change health care delivery and patient outcomes throughout the world,” said Tom Hammerton, OSF HealthCare Foundation President. “His generosity will touch many lives. We greatly appreciate his dedication to this initiative and the OSF Mission.”

Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center is a collaboration of OSF HealthCare and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria. Located in Peoria, IL, the virtual medical training center combines actual medical equipment and the latest simulation technology for better education, performance training and research. Jump is also training and testing ground for medical innovations and research. Jump’s mission is to improve patient health outcomes and lower health care costs. Learn more at