BHC cuts gauze ‘ribbon’ for new Health Sciences Center

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Black Hawk College officials arrived by college ambulance then cut ceremonial gauze Sept. 1 to celebrate the new Health Sciences Center at the Quad-Cities Campus in Moline.

More than 120 people – including representatives from the health care industry, BHC students and elected officials – attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house.

Construction of the three-story, 55,100-square-foot facility began in April 2014. The $15 million project was paid for with 2012 bond funds.

Not only are students learning in a new building, they have new learning tools. The college received two state grants to buy new patient simulator manikins, hardware, software and other health sciences equipment, hospital beds and other furniture, and a refurbished ambulance.

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The Health Sciences Center houses these programs:

  • Associate Degree Nursing (ADN)
  • Basic Nurse Assistant Training Program (CNA)
  • Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
  • Health Information Management (HIM)
  • Medical Assisting (MA)
  • Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)
  • Practical Nursing (LPN)

In the future, the building also will house two new programs – Surgical Technology (certificate and associate of applied science) and Veterinary Assisting (certificate).

Black Hawk College thanks the State of Illinois and the Illinois Community College Board for providing funds to purchase equipment for the Health Sciences Center.

State of Illinois Capital Development Board – $310,000 grant

  • SimMan (2) and SimJunior (1) patient simulator manikins
  • Hospital beds (24)

Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) – $285,000 grant

  • EMS patient simulator manikin
  • Used ambulance
  • Teaching equipment

Black Hawk College is seeking gold-level LEED green building certification. Project attributes include:

  • Water-efficient landscaping used
  • Potable water usage reduced by 35%
  • More than 20% of materials in building have recycled content
  • Low-emitting VOC adhesives, sealants, paints, flooring and composite wood used
  • Existing forest habitat east of building maintained
  • Amount of stormwater leaving site reduced
  • 90% of occupied spaces have exterior view
  • LEED-accredited professionals worked on project

Visit Facebook to see photos from the ribbon-cutting ceremony and the open house.

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Last updated 9/1/2015