Reidsville Area Foundation Commits $1.27 Million to Simulated Hospital at RCC
The Reidsville Area Foundation’s gift on Thursday of $1.27 million to Rockingham Community College will enable construction of the first two phases of a simulated hospital on campus.
The gift, added to $1.16 million in previous donations, will allow RCC to combine phases one and two of the three-phase, $4.8 million renovations project when it goes out for bid later this fall.
The effort to raise funds for the remainder of the project, called “Building Futures: A Campaign for Advanced Health Care Education,” will continue with added impetus. Dollars are still needed for the final phase, which includes equipment.
“The Reidsville Area Foundation Board is pleased to have an opportunity to improve the learning environment for RCC’s health-care students by providing funding for this project,” said Reidsville Area Foundation Vice Chairman Jacob B. Balsley, III. “The simulated hospital appealed to us because its scope targeted several components of our mission. Our independent, non-supporting foundation was formed as a result of the merger of Annie Penn Hospital in Reidsville with the Cone Health System. This project uses resources to benefit all of Rockingham County which is an important factor for our foundation.
“In this advanced technological education facility, RCC’s health sciences students will garner a skill set that will take them from novice to competency, which translates into job placement in area health care practices.”
The project includes extensive renovations to the college’s Owens Human Services Building so RCC’s health sciences programs can be taught in one building. The facility will be transformed into a simulated hospital where students will benefit from an interdisciplinary approach to education in the health sciences programs of study.
“We are grateful for this contribution to our health sciences program,” said RCC’s president, Dr. Michael S. Helmick. “The Reidsville Area Foundation has been a supporter of the college for many years, and we welcome their involvement in our latest endeavor to transform education in Rockingham County.
“By housing all of our health care programs in one building within a simulated hospital setting, we will be able to realistically reproduce that environment for our students. This will not only foster interdisciplinary collaboration within our programs, but will enable our students to make a seamless transition into the work environment after graduation. It is the best possible learning scenario.”
The Charlotte-based architectural firm of Clark Patterson Lee originally designed the project in three phases. They now are putting the finishing touches on a two-phase project, thanks to the generosity of the Reidsville Area Foundation.
The contribution will provide for the renovation of the majority of the building’s lower level, which will feature a simulation area as well as classrooms, and labs. Also included in the initial phase will be the conversion of a courtyard into an atrium for study and community gatherings.
The atrium and skills lab suite, which will house nine individual patient care units and an isolation room where students learn to care for patients in a realistic, hospital environment, will be named in honor of the Reidsville Area Foundation.
The upper level of the building will include a conference room, faculty lounge, and classroom space. The final phase of renovations will cover much of the upper level, the lower- level lobby, and a covered ambulance bay. Some equipment also is included in the final phase.
The mission of the Reidsville Area Foundation is to strengthen Rockingham County by supporting education and the well-being of its citizens. Members of the foundation’s board of directors include: Donna S. Rothrock, chair; Jacob B. Balsley, III, vice chair; J. Wayne Keeling, MD, treasurer; Lafayette Judkins, DDS, secretary; Victor R. Armstrong; Malcolm N. Clark, CPA; Jonathan Craig; Mary R. Fagan; Kathleen M. Halm; Leon Niegelsky; Kenneth G. Norman; J. Scottie Penn; Edwin Wilson, Jr.; and R. Craig Cardwell, the foundation’s executive director.
Individuals, businesses, and others wishing to contribute to the college’s campaign are urged to contact Jeanette Webb, capital campaign assistant by telephone at (336) 342-4261, ext. 2016 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.