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Collin Welcomes Donors To Tour New Healthcare Facilities

Collin Welcomes Donors To Tour New Healthcare Facilities

October 12, 2006 - Collin County Community College District opened the doors to its new healthcare facilities Oct. 10 with a special preview for the donors who made it possible.

The college hosted a morning reception for the donors that funded the creation of new nursing and SimManT labs at the James and Pat Aston Center for Health Studies at the Central Park Campus in McKinney.

The following donors were recognized for their part in the new healthcare learning facilities:

Hoblitzelle Foundation, Shoap Foundation--Collin County Healthcare Foundation, Hillcrest Foundation, Communities Foundation of Texas, Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano, Medical Center of Plano, Medical Center of McKinney and Centennial Medical Center--Tenet Healthcare Foundation.

"The financial gifts these organizations gave to the college for our new healthcare labs will help train the future nurses, EMTs, dental hygienists and other healthcare professionals needed in the region," Dr. Bob Collins, chair of the college's Board of Trustees, said. "On behalf of the board, I want to thank these organizations for their investment in the future."

Donor representatives attended the event along with members from the college's Board of Trustees and foundation board as well as administrators, healthcare faculty and staff from a number of area health facilities.

According to college president Cary Israel, "If your family or friends are in the hospital, the nurse or healthcare employees by their side are extremely important. The celebration today honored not only the donors who made this expansion possible but also the students who will one day be at the side of patients because of the innovative education they received in this facility. Collin prides itself in keeping ahead of the needs of the community, and we are very grateful for the support of the donors on this project."

Attendees toured the new EMS lab and the new nursing and SimManT labs. Portions of the grant funding were used to purchase a pediatric- and adult-sized SimManT.

A SimManT offers the ability to provide educational simulations that challenge and test students' clinical and decision-making skills during realistic patient care scenarios. The mannequin breathes, vocalizes and responds to therapeutic interventions. Interchangeable modules that expose students to a wide variety of medical incidents further enhance the system. Faculty may use pre-programmed simulations or design their own scenarios for increased specialization.

Collin County Community College District (Collin) serves more than 41,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.

To view and download photos of the event, visit the web gallery.
Photos by Nick Young/Collin photographer