MGCCC held the groundbreaking for the Nursing and Simulation Center on April 8, 2015, making it the first facility to get underway at the state’s new Healthcare Corridor on Highway 67 at Tradition. The facility will sit on 4.5 acres and will be almost 50,000 square feet in size. It will be the college’s 10th location.
The groundbreaking ceremony was attended by a great number of people, including Gov. Phil Bryant and Joe Canizaro, president and CEO of Columbus Properties, which donated the land. William Carey president, Dr. Tommy King, was also in attendance. William Carey University, which already has a Tradition Campus, will also be part of the healthcare corridor. A road tying in each of the facilities in the corridor will eventually be built.
The Need for Nurses in Mississippi
The idea behind a healthcare corridor and the college’s dedication to training nurses is based on the need for improved healthcare in Mississippi and in the nation. You know, the huge Baby Boomer generation may feel young, but as they age they will need more healthcare. The rest of us might need it too, and quite frankly, we want to make sure there’s enough nurses to go around!
Here’s a few facts you may not know:
- Up to 4,880 new nurses were needed in 2016 to provide inpatient and outpatient care in Mississippi. The state currently has a shortage of nurses.
- Providing nurses to fill the current and future needs is a key element in making the health care industry viable in the state.
- A 2009 study shows that for every one new nurse, more than 22 lives are saved annually; there is an increase in worker productivity by $9,900 per year; $46,000 is saved annually on medical costs; and an increased productivity attributable to decreased length of stay in hospitals was estimated at $2,000 annually.
- The Mississippi Health Care Industry Zone Act, is part of the governor’s Mississippi works agenda. The program is designed to provide incentives to qualified applicants of new health care related projects within the state of Mississippi. The health care zone act falls under Blueprint Mississippi, a long-range economic development plan for the state, which has a goal of 4,000 new nurses by the year 2016. The announcement by MGCCC and Tradition is a vital step in meeting that goal.
- America is seeing vast increases in the number of people over 65. This age group has many medical and health needs, and will put a strain on our health system.
- Reforms in healthcare now give millions of people access to the healthcare system. More nurses and health professionals are needed in response.
- Ten of the top 20 fastest-growing occupations are health-care related.
- The health care and social services sector has grown by 23 percent nationally (2002-2011) and by 24 percent in Mississippi.
- On a national level, health care will generate approximately 3.2 million more jobs before 2018.
- Mississippi hospitals currently employ 60,143 full-time employees – 5.7 percent of statewide total employment. Hospitals also created an additional 34,557 jobs outside of their facilities. The total economic impact of hospital payroll spending is $5.8 billion.