Calhoun to host ribbon-cutting/open house event for new Huntsville Campus Nursing LabNovember 15, 2018
Huntsville, AL – The Calhoun Community College Nursing Department will host a ribbon-cutting event on Thursday, November 29, 2018, beginning at 10:00 am, to officially mark the opening of its new Nursing Simulation Lab, located in the Sparkman Building at the Calhoun Huntsville campus, 102 Wynn Drive.
The nursing lab is the result of a partnership between Calhoun and Huntsville Hospital and represents the final piece necessary for the establishment of a new nursing program at Calhoun’s Huntsville campus. The new Huntsville program, similar to Calhoun’s nursing program in Decatur, was created in an effort to help fill the growing need for additional nurses for the region. The new two-year program admitted its first students this fall, and plans to graduate up to 48 Registered Nursing students by 2020.
Commenting on the partnership, Huntsville Hospital Health System CEO David Spillers said that it is “perfectly timed for our community and region. The need for more nurses is significant across the country. This is especially so in areas that are growing like Huntsville and the Tennessee Valley.”
Calhoun Interim President Dr. Joe Burke added, “Huntsville Hospital and Calhoun have enjoyed an extremely successful partnership for many years. The Hospital generously provides nursing clinical training slots for many of our students and ultimately hires a number of our nursing graduates. This partnership is one we value, and we look forward to strengthening it through this exciting, new initiative which will allow us to work together to help fill our community’s growing demand for highly-trained and skilled nurses.”
Earlier this year, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey presented a $1 million grant from the Alabama Capital Trust Fund to assist with the cost of constructing the nursing simulation lab. The remaining construction costs were assumed by Huntsville Hospital, with Calhoun overseeing the actual construction project. Final cost for building and equipping the lab has been estimated at $1.5 million.