Members of the House Committee for Higher Education are seen here taking place in a hands-on demonstration at SRTC’s Virtual Hospital in Thomasville, GA
Thomasville, GA - Recently members of Georgia’s higher education committee from the State’s House of Representatives had an opportunity to spend time at Southern Regional Technical College’s (SRTC) Thomasville campus. While touring the facility, the representatives were able to experience first-hand the types of simulations students regularly participate in while at the College.
“We at Southern Regional were honored and pleased to host members of the Georgia House of Representatives’ Higher Education Committee. I think it is incumbent on us and on all of the technical colleges to showcase our programs, services, and institutions to our Georgia General Assembly members so that they can understand what our technical colleges are all about and helps those lawmakers make informed decisions when it comes time to state budget planning and development. I believe our guests were very impressed with our programs, equipment, facilities, faculty and staff, and probably most of all, our students and their knowledge and skills. Once again, I was so proud of our faculty, staff, and students,” commented SRTC President Dr. Craig Wentworth.
The committee, represented on this occasion by Chairman Rep. Rick Jasperse, Vice-Chairman Rep. Chuck Williams, Rep. Patty Bentley, Rep. Amy Carter, Rep. Robert Dickey, and Rep. Pat Gardner, is responsible for legislation influencing the University System of Georgia, universities, colleges, postsecondary education, and student financial aid.
The representatives were captivated at the realism portrayed in the College’s virtual hospital, which also serves as an overflow treatment center in times of natural disaster. While there, they were able to observe and participate in a full cardiac arrest and code on the ICU simulation mannequin, listened to heart and lung sounds on the emergency room mannequin, observed an infant CPR simulation in the labor and delivery room, and were presented with an interactive telemedicine demonstration on the brand-new multi-faceted telehealth units.
While on tour, SRTC Nursing Program Chair Tammy Bryant discussed with the visitors how simulations improve critical thinking, team work, and scope of practice.
“We provided examples of how the students are assigned different roles within their virtual hospital experience to increase their knowledge of their role as a novice nurse. The ASN faculty was honored to be able to showcase our students and the incredible technology found in our virtual hospital,” commented Bryant.
SRTC offers over 148 degree, diploma, and certificate programs that are designed to get you quickly into your desired career, and 27 general education courses that transfer to the University System of Georgia institutions and 19 private colleges and universities in Georgia. SRTC has instructional sites located in Ashburn, Cairo, Camilla, Moultrie, Thomasville, Tifton, and Sylvester for the convenience of our students. The College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). SACSCOC is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. For the most up-to-date information on registration, class dates, and program offerings, log on to www.southernregional.edu or call (888) 205-3449.
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