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Posted on 08/05/13

Emergency Area of Rockingham Community College’s Human Service Building To Be Named in Honor of NewBridge Bank

Rockingham Community College (RCC) will honor NewBridge Bank for its financial commitment to the establishment of a simulated hospital on campus by naming the facility’s emergency care area for Rockingham County’s largest community bank.

RCC has raised approximately $1.5 million towards the estimated $3.8 million cost of the project.  Planned renovations to the N. Jerry Owens Human Services Building will combine health sciences programs into one building and create a simulated hospital environment for students.  The college plans to begin renovations by the fall of 2013. Funding is being sought from grants and private donors.

 “In many health care practices, such as hospitals and nursing homes, health care practitioners of various disciplines interact continuously in order to provide optimum care for their patients,” said Tiffany Morris, dean of RCC’s Health Sciences Division. “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.”

NewBridge Bank is supporting the effort because many of its clients and employees live and work in Rockingham County and the Bank wants to help foster professional medical training in the county. “We know that the students who graduate from the program will be ready to work in our hospitals and medical facilities,” said Pressley Ridgill, President and CEO of NewBridge Bank.  “When Rockingham Community College approached us with this opportunity, we agreed to support the effort because we know what these graduating students will mean to the local community and economy.”

“We are grateful for the sizeable contribution to our health sciences program,” said Dr. Michael S. Helmick, president of Rockingham Community College.  “NewBridge Bank 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.”

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