Medical Center Hospital Opens First Dedicated Education Unit in the Permian Basin 1/13/14
ODESSA - Today is the open house of Medical Center Hospital's Dedicated Education Unit (DEU), the first of its kind in the Permian Basin. A ribbon cutting ceremony will begin at 10 am and MCH will begin admitting patients on the morning of January 15, 2014.
The newly-renovated, 29-bed unit cost $975,000 to renovate and equipment costs are approximately $912,000.
The purpose of the DEU is to provide a clinical patient care environment to support the training of Texas Tech residents, medical students, nurses and allied health students. While these students have been learning within the walls of MCH prior to the opening of this unit, they now have their own dedicated space for learning in a supportive atmosphere.
"We are pleased to be opening this Dedicated Education Unit and continue to do our part in educating the nurses and doctors of tomorrow," said Bill Webster, Medical Center Health System CEO. "We are the main teaching hospital in the region and value the relationship we have with TTUHSC of the Permian Basin. In fact, we carefully selected the staff who would be working with students on this unit to make sure teaching is a passion of the seasoned nurses and doctors."
The DEU is a project that facilitates collaboration between students, teachers and various healthcare clinicians to prepare students for the reality of clinical practice. Working in the DEU is the next step in student's and resident's education after they practice on mannequins in the simulation center across the hall. The DEU will be limited to Texas Tech Internal Medicine and Family Practice patients.
"We value our long-standing partnership with MCH and appreciate the commitment they have made to our students, residents and fellows," said Gary Ventolini, M.D., Dean of the TTUHSC at the Permian Basin School of Medicine. "This facility will support training the next generation of physicians, nurses and allied health professionals in a comprehensive and collaborative approach that is essential to quality health care."