The Virtual Hospital houses 10,000 square feet of high tech learning opportunities for MCC students. It’s part of the Health Science Institute connected to the MCC-Penn Valley Campus. The Virtual Hospital now includes 16 high-fidelity simulators, six large patient rooms, six high-tech debriefing rooms, control rooms, classrooms, meeting space and state-of-the-art audio-visual technology, and now, Victoria, a wireless birthing simulator.
Victoria is a tool designed by Gaumard® Scientific Company. The company has designed, manufactured and marketed simulators for health care education for more than 60 years. In 2014, the company introduced Victoria™, its most advanced, mobile maternal/fetal simulator.
For students studying nursing, emergency medical services, physical therapy and other healthcare disciplines these tools are invaluable. Competition for clinical placements makes finding open slots difficult for many health care students. A recent study shows that up to half of those clinical hours can be replaced in a high-quality simulation lab with no drop-off in learning. According to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, students in such programs enter their careers just as ready for clinical practice as peers from more traditional programs. MCC was one of 10 schools selected for participation in the study, alongside Johns Hopkins, School of Nursing.
The simulated experience provides MCC students with real-life experience needed to feel confident and empowered to be safe care providers in the real world. The Virtual Hospital was one of the first academic simulation centers to receive national accreditation from The Society for Simulation in Healthcare.