On Wednesday, August 26, 2015 members of the Davie Hospital Foundation presented a check for over $146,000 to Dr. Mary Rittling and DCCC, the Community College of Davidson and Davie Counties. The Davie County Hospital Foundation gift will support the DCCC Surgical Technology and Central Sterile Processing training programs being conducted at the former hospital in Mocksville.
As medical activities at the Mocksville hospital have been winding down, visionaries at the Davie County Hospital Foundation and DCCC, the Community College of Davidson and Davie Counties and Wake Forest Baptist Health have recognized a unique opportunity to reclaim this valuable space for use as a sort of “lab in a classroom” training center for healthcare professionals.
With the support of a generous gift from the Davie County Hospital Foundation, DCCC has been able to reclaim and re-purpose actual operating rooms and medical support facilities at the hospital, converting them into “lab in a classroom” spaces that deeply enrich the training of students in the DCCC healthcare training programs.
Students Benefiting Now
Students in the DCCC healthcare training programs are already benefiting from this generous gift. Classes in the Surgical Technology and Central Sterile Processing healthcare training programs started in August at the hospital in Mocksville.
Compared to the traditional classrooms that most healthcare students train in, these operating rooms and support facilities at the hospital in Mocksville are providing students with a deeply enriched learning experience as they perform operating room functions in a true-to-life hospital environment that duplicates the challenging physical constraints of a real-world operating room.
A Strong Davie County Workforce and Expertly Skilled Healthcare Workers
While students are the immediate beneficiaries of this partnership between the Davie County Hospital Foundation and Davidson County Community College, the long term beneficiary will be local healthcare employers who will have access to expertly trained staff.
Economic Development is a Team Sport – A Continuing Series
According to Terry Bralley, President of the Davie County Economic Development Commission, this is just one more example of economic development as a team sport. This workforce development initiative combines the vision, talent, energy and leadership of the Davie County Hospital Foundation with the vision, talent, energy and leadership of the local community college and the vision, talent energy and leadership of the Davie County Hospital Board of Trustees.
The support of Wake Forest Baptist Health was also integral to this project as they recognized the need and supported the project by leasing the space at no cost to the community college. Terry Renegar, Chairman of the Davie County Board of Commissioners, noted that this project came together very quickly and that this project is a testament to what can be accomplished in Davie County when organizations with a vested community interest identify an issue and work toward a common solution.
Living at the intersection of industry and education, where good things are bound to happen, this is just the next step toward building a local world-class local health care system that works for everyone.