Groundbreaking Held for MCC Medical Technology & Simulation Center

Second Building Expands MCC Presence at Lakewood Ranch

(Lakewood Ranch, Fla. Feb. 3, 2009) -Manatee Community College (MCC) officials and friends donned hard hats and shoveled dirt at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Medical Technology and Simulation (MTS) Center at MCC Lakewood Ranch.

MCC President Dr. Lars A. Hafner and MCC Board Chair Steve Harner were joined by college trustees, Foundation for MCC board members, Schroeder-Manatee Ranch president Rex Jensen, elected officials, and business and hospital executives to celebrate the start of construction of the two-story, 40,000 sq. ft. building where nursing and other healthcare students will train in a state-of-the-art simulated hospital setting.

The center will feature sophisticated adult and infant simulation technology in intensive care units, a birthing room, nursing assessment lab and science laboratories and classrooms.

Continuing education credits and other certifications and specializations needed to meet the continuing education needs of physicians, nurses and emergency care personnel also will be available at the MTS Center.

"We like to grow our own and put our own to work in the community," Hafner said.

Area hospital executives and chief nursing officers are among the new building's biggest supporters, as demonstrated by the announcement at the groundbreaking ceremony that Manatee Memorial Hospital (MMH) Foundation contributed $500,000 to the center.

Clint Monts de Oca, Foundation for MCC immediate past president, recognized Carolyn Keller, MMH Foundation president, and Vernon DeSear, executive director of the MMH Foundation, vice president of MMH and board member of the Foundation for MCC. Monts de Oca said a request would be made to the Foundation for MCC board to name the nursing wing of the new MTS Center in honor of the MMH Foundation.

Early childhood education and Educator Preparation Institute classrooms also are included in the building.

The new building will be MCC's first "green" building with LEED certification when it opens in 2010. With support from the local legislative delegation, the state provided $8.9 million for planning and construction. The Foundation for MCC provided almost $2 million in a combination of fundraising and matched funds by the state. The property was donated by Schroeder-Manatee Ranch.

Project architect is Fawley Bryant Architects Inc. and the builder is Tandem Construction.

Located beside the existing Center for Innovation and Technology, the MTS Center will be the second building at the college's Lakewood Ranch location. Long-range plans for the 10-acre campus call for a third classroom and laboratory building, a multi-story parking garage and a courtyard.

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Groupdbreaking of Medical Technology and Simulation Center
Dr. Jack Crocker, Beverly Beall, Ron Allen, Susan Miller-Kelly,
Steve Harner, Dr. Lars Hafner, Rex Jensen and Clint Monts de Oca



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