hinds community college has a ribbon-cutting and open house for the new nursing and allied health simulation center at 1820 hospital drive in jackson, which is near the college’s jackson campus-nursing/allied health center on chadwick drive. the ribbon-cutting is 2 p.m. thursday, jan. 9.

because of limited parking, guests are asked to park at the medical arts complex across the street from the simulation center.

“this new nursing and allied health simulation center offers four simulation labs that will help our nursing and allied health students develop important clinical skills as they are being prepared to care for patients in local health care agencies. simulation provides an opportunity to enhance professional competencies, experience specific clinical situations, and implement interdisciplinary care,” said dr. libby mahaffey, nursing and allied health dean.

the building was donated to the college by brothers and physicians dr. christopher ball and dr. kyle ball. the building formerly housed their obstetrics and gynecology practice. the renovation and equipping of the nursing simulation center was made possible by a $2.5 million u.s. department of labor trade adjustment assistance community college and career training (taaccct) grant.

the nursing/allied health center enrolls about 900 students each semester. while most of the simulation activities will focus on patient care experiences, all nursing and allied health programs are expected to use the nursing and allied health simulation center for some simulated activities.

these programs include associate degree nursing, dental assisting technology, diagnostic medical sonography, emergency medical sciences, health care assistant, health information technology, medical laboratory technology, physical therapy assistant, practical nursing, radiologic technology, respiratory care technology and surgical technology.

for information on hinds’ programs see health-related professions under //www.fbkurek.com/programs-of-study/nursing-allied-health

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