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Practice hospital underway at Catawba Valley Community College

A 28,000 square foot simulated hospital is under construction at Catawba Valley Community College. It's a joint project between Catawba Valley, Lenoir Rhyne University, three other nursing schools of area community colleges and two area hospitals. WFAE's Simone Orendain has more: The simulation hospital is where nursing and medical support students from area community colleges will be able to practice rapid response techniques on fake patients. Catawba Valley Healthcare Development Director Colleen Burgess says it has the major components of an emergency facility. "It's designed so that you will not know that you're not in a hospital, actually. We're going to have an entire nursing department with the medication area. We're going to have an area for pediatric care simulations. We'll have a medical surgical intensive care unit." There will also be a bariatric unit and birthing room. Burgess says students will practice on mannequins, actors and each other. She says students at the healthcare programs of the partner schools will use the facility. The project has so far received close to $3 million in federal and state grants as well as private donations. It takes up the fifth floor of a new building on the Catawba Valley Community College campus and is expected to open in March.