To help meet the surging demand for medical care as vet- erans returned home from World War II, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC) created its first nursing program back in 1944. Since that time, the college
has become a leader in local health care education—and a brand-
new Nursing and Simulation Center will help further this legacy.
The nearly 50,000 square-foot facility, which opened in
January 2018, includes more than $2 million in cutting-edge
technology representing the latest advancements in the field.
For instance, electronic patient simulators that can be pro-
grammed to demonstrate various symptoms will enhance the
realism of scenario-based learning. What’s more, patient care
rooms are equipped with cameras and sound systems, enabling
faculty to observe and record students’ activities from a central
control room and to broadcast simulations beyond the center.
This will allow health-care students and faculty to review and
reflect on how well students reacted to various situations.
“The new building and state-of-the art technologies will help
improve patient care, safety, and satisfaction, resulting in better
patient outcomes,” says Joan Hendrix, dean of health sciences.
MGCCC’s first nursing program was a certification program
in licensed practical nursing. In 1960, the college added an asso-
ciate degree nursing program, which began a long partner-
ship with Singing River Hospital that continues to this day. In
Gulf Coast Community College
BY DENNIS PIERCE