New Health Sciences Complex Open House

Wallace South Ribbon CuttingDozens of people from the community came to Volunteer State Community College on Friday to see the new Wallace South Health Sciences building. A new building is one thing, but this new facility includes a state-of-the-art ultrasound center, a sleep lab and an emergency medical technician (EMT) patient simulation lab.  The $10 million facility has classrooms and labs for Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Ophthalmic Technology, Sleep Diagnostics Technology, Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Ultrasound) and Medical Laboratory Technology programs. Many of those programs have been crammed into tight quarters in recent years, as Vol State has been expanding.

“We only had one room in the previous building for everything,” said EMT student Jesus Lopez of Hendersonville. “Now we have a room dedicated just for practical skills, rather than having to move desks out of the way.”

“In the old building our lectures were in the same room with the beds and equipment,” said Sonography student Allison Todd of Murfreesboro. “It’s much more of a professional setting now. A lot of hospitals have these exact ultrasound machines and some don’t even have machines as good as these.”

“Students majoring in health science careers will encounter cutting-edge technology in their workplaces.  They need to be proficient in the use of this technology and the only way they can gain those skills is by hands-on experience,” said Vol State president, Dr. Jerry Faulkner.

“My students have been saying what an improvement the new space is for the program,” said Diagnostic Medical Sonography director, Jennifer Carroll. “The facilities will absolutely better prepare my graduates for the work force.”

The Sonography center has six beds, HD monitors and state-of-the-art GE ultrasound machines. The new EMT simulation labs have high-tech Laerdal manikins for students to practice skills.  The Sleep Diagnostics lab allows students to monitor and assess volunteer patients during sleep studies. The Ophthalmic center now has dedicated eye exam rooms and four new imaging units. New Medical Laboratory equipment includes a Biolyte electrolyte analyzer and Genesys UV/VIS spectrophotometers.

The official name for the new facility is the Wallace Health Sciences Complex- South. It is connected to the original Wallace building, now called Wallace North.

“A major gift for this new building came from the estate of Dr. John B. Wallace,” said Dr. Faulkner. “Dr. Wallace was a beloved physician and great civic leader.”

For more information about Allied Health programs at Vol State visit www.volstate.edu/alliedhealth.

Pictured: A ribbon cutting was held in front of the new building.  Left to right: Dick Tracy, TBR Executive Director of Facilities Development; David Gregory, TBR Vice Chancellor of Administration and Facilities Development; Dr. Warren Nichols, Vice Chancellor of Community Colleges; Dr. Jerry Faulkner, Vol State President; Paige Brown, Executive Director of the Gallatin Area Chamber of Commerce; Tre Hargett, Tennessee Secretary of State; and Elvis Brandon, Vol State Dean of Allied Health.