The University of South Alabama Baldwin County Campus will hold the grand opening of its newest addition, the College of Nursing Complex, on Thursday, May 29, at 11 a.m. at 161 North Section Street, the former Fairhope Library.
The 20,503 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility will provide nursing students with hands-on equipment including three computerized fully automatic Human Patient Simulators: a child, an adult male and a pregnant female. The simulators provide students hands on experience managing complex patient care situations. Heart attacks, gunshot wounds, asthma attacks, and seizures are just some of the conditions that can be simulated. The facility will also include two large classrooms, a computerized testing lab, a special testing center, a learning lab and several faculty and staff offices. A tour of the facility will be conducted at the grand opening.
“As Baldwin County continues to grow, the University remains committed to meeting the needs of the community by providing quality higher education. This new complex reflects our dedication,” USABC Director Phillip Norris said.
The USA Baldwin County Campus was established more than 24 years ago and enrollment has grown from 76 students to approximately 1,000 each semester. Currently, the USA Baldwin County Campus offers upper division course work for six bachelor’s degrees and four master’s degrees. “This new complex will greatly enhance the learning environment for students, faculty and the community. The facility allows the campus to keep class sizes small and encourages additional course offerings,” Norris said.
“We appreciate the support of Mayor Tim Kant and the Fairhope City Council in making these facilities a reality, as they will help us achieve our important goal of educating the professionals who are the key to providing our citizens with access to high quality, state-of-the-art health care,” said USA President Gordon Moulton.
“The USA Baldwin County Campus is extremely important to the students of the College of Nursing’s four year RN program; of the 1,000 students enrolled at the USA Baldwin County Campus, more than 300 are in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. Many of our students chose the USA Baldwin County Campus because it’s close to home and they want to complete their clinical courses in the county,” said dean of the USA College of Nursing Dr. Debra Davis.