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Labette Community College New Health Science Center

Labette Community College leaders say a newly added facility will help better train students to save lives.
PARSONS, KS---"I feel like a proud dad.  I've watched this thing from before we even had the empty lot to put the building on," says Dr. George Knox, Labette Community College President.

Labette Community College bought out an entire city block and fundraised nearly $12 million to add this building to campus.

"Our facilities for uor healthcare program were not adequate for the quality of healthcare education we were giving," says Labette Community College Foundation Director Lindi Forbes.

"It was built with the vision of advancing healthcare education," Knox says.

The Sonny and Sophia Zetmeir Health Science Center will house the nursing program on the second floor.  On the first, sonography, radiography and respiratory therapy.

"We have a simulated hosptial that has ICU rooms, birthing centers, doctor exam rooms," Forbes says.

Students will work with computerized mannequins and other high tech equipment to expand their knowledge.

"Sometimes it's hard to find all of the different scenarios that nurses or respiratory students might face in the field because our rural hospitals may not experience these different scnearios," Forbes says.

Labette Community College leaders believe this new facility will increase enrollment and help provide the community with better healthcare professionals.

"There are so many more opportunities for learning.  A brand new radiography machine, those simulated hospital rooms, it is just amazing what we will be able to teach," Forbes says.
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