PLAN UNVEILED: TCC president Tom McKeon discusses the Walt and Peggy Helmerich Nursing Simulation Lab at the new TCC Health Science building on the Southeast campus.
JERRY L. CORNELIUS for GTR Newspapers
Tulsa Community College recently announced major donors for a private campaign that will help to equip and provide the latest technology for the Health Sciences and Biotechnology Learning Center at its southeast campus. The Learning Center is funded through Vision 2025.
The “Blueprint for the Future” Campaign Announcement, a campaign to raise private funds in the community, included the unveiling of a rendering of artwork for the 44,000 square-foot facility created by a Tulsa artist replicating DNA, the announcement of major donors for critical equipment and new technology for the facility, and a hard hat tour of the state of the art facility designed to address Tulsa’s need for nursing graduates and job growth in the biotechnology research sector.
TCC announced the mid-campaign results of its first naming campaign. Lecture halls, simulation labs, tissue culture labs and other sites within the facility will be named by local benefactors.
“Tulsa’s economy is growing and Vision 2025 is one of the catalysts. We are thrilled to be near completion of our Health Sciences and Biotechnology Learning Center and we are extremely pleased that private donors have shown a commitment to TCC and our health programs,” says Thomas K. McKeon, president and CEO of TCC.
The new facility will spread across TCC’s nursing program over two campuses and increase its capacity to admit nurses to the program by 30 percent says Ann Anthony, associate dean of the nursing division.
The announcement also included a demonstration of “Sim Man” patient simulators. A “Sim Man” or “Sim Woman” is designed to be anatomically correct and electronically reproduce most common body functions or ailments including blood pressure, heart attacks and choking. The patient simulators are approximately $30,000 each and provide additional experience for nursing students before entering a hospital or other clinical setting.