Odessa College partners with MCH to build new Health Sciences building

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ODESSA, Texas (Nexstar)- Medical Center Hospital has committed $5 million to Odessa College’s Wood Health Sciences Building.

Breaking ground in late 2021 and expected to open in Fall of 2023, Odessa College says they will name the first floor of the four-story building the “Medical Center Health System Simulation Hospital”, according to a release.

The simulation hospital will span the entire first floor of the new building and will be equipped with state-of-the-art technology to simulate patient care scenarios.

The simulation hospital will provide an environment for all health sciences students that will include the following suites: emergency room, operating room, labor and delivery, nursery, physical therapy, and radiological technology. It will also include simulations for patient rooms and doctors’ offices.

“We are excited to expand our partnership with Odessa College,” says Russell Tippin, President and CEO of Medical Center Health System. “We are honored to have our name on the Health Sciences Center at OC. This partnership not only strengthens the bond our two organizations have but also increases healthcare awareness and education right here in the Permian Basin.”

The simulated learning environment will enable students enrolled in certain OC health sciences programs to complete 50 percent of their required clinical hours by caring for simulation mannequins in the simulation hospital and 50 percent in a hospital or nursing home setting.

“The Medical Center Health System Simulation Hospital will change the face of healthcare in the Permian Basin with the advanced learning opportunities provided in this state-of-the-art simulation hospital,” says Dr. Greg Williams, President of Odessa College “Our students will be more prepared than ever to graduate and go right to work in area hospitals.”

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