ODESSA, Texas (Nexstar)- Odessa Regional Medical Center has committed to a $1 million investment in Odessa College’s new $40 million Wood Health Sciences Building.
OC will name the third floor of the 83,000 square foot, four-story building the “Odessa Regional Medical Center Instruction Floor”.
“The construction of the new Wood Health Sciences Building at Odessa College is critically important to the success of the healthcare community, not only in Odessa but the entire Permian Basin,” Stacey Brown, President of Odessa Regional Medical Center and Scenic Mountain Medical Center in Big Spring, said. “This increased capacity is vital to helping medical providers care for our community, but it will also provide excellent jobs for young adults to be productive members of our community for years to come.”
The third floor will provide 20,500 square feet of learning space for the School of Health Sciences and will include nine classrooms, three computer labs, two study halls, a student lounge, a faculty lounge, and faculty offices. ORMC clinical leaders also will mentor and teach students in the learning space.
“Odessa Regional Medical Center’s investment in Odessa College’s Wood Health Sciences Building brings us closer to reaching our construction goal of $40 million,” Odessa College President Gregor D. Williams said. “The expanded capacity in our instruction space will allow OC to accept more students in our health sciences programs which will result in more graduates going to work in the Permian Basin.”
The Wood Health Sciences Building’s additional space and technology will allow OC to add more programs and to accept more students into the School of Health Sciences and continuing education programs.
With the new learning space, technology and programs, Odessa College will be able to produce more graduates each year.
The building will include an additional registered nursing program and licensed vocational nursing program, along with the following specialties to fill the growing number of job openings in the Permian Basin:
- School of Health Sciences Continuing Education
- Clinical Laboratory Assistants
- Surgical Technologists
- Dental Assistants
- Physician Therapist Assistants
- Medical Assistants
- Radiological Technologists
- Certified Nurse Aids
- Emergency Medical Technicians
- Massage Therapists
- Respiratory Therapists
- Medication Aids
- Dental Hygienists
- Pharmacy Technicians
- Health Information Managers