Joplin, MO 64801-1595
A Grand Opening celebration for the 85,000-sq.-ft. Health Sciences Building was held Nov. 19, 2010 with a large number of dignitaries from Missouri Southern, Joplin and the Four-State area in attendance.
The building provides a state-of-the-art training facility for healthcare professionals. The Health Sciences building houses programs in Nursing, Dental Hygiene, Kinesiology, Medical Technology, Psychology, Radiologic Technology and Respiratory Therapy. The building was funded from the Lewis & Clark Discovery Initiative.
The building's features include a Nursing Skills Lab with 12 state-of-the art Hill-Rom beds, four simulated hospital rooms; two controls rooms behind one-way glass that control three full scale patient simulators and one baby patient simulator/incubator, 22 Dental Hygiene stations each with its own dental chair, sink, computer and monitor, along with vacuum, oxygen, and nitrous oxide connections; eight Digital Dental X-Ray Stations; two Radiology labs; two Respiratory Care labs; Psychology classrooms and labs; and many other areas designed for use by Missouri Southern students, faculty and staff.
The Health Sciences Building was placed into action as a 'Surge Medical Clinic' and dental care facility after St. John's Regional Medical Center took a direct hit by the May 22, 2011 E-F5 tornado. The MSSU facility was used for several days before St. John's regained full services at Memorial Hall, and other Urgent Care and Express Care services by St. John's and Freeman Hospital were able to treat all levels of patients. Patients from many dentist offices destroyed by the tornado also were cared for at the HSB.
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