Gulf Coast State College Health Science Center
Panama City, Florida
“Student satisfaction has improved tremendously.”
Libby McNaron, GCSC Coordinator of Surgical Technology
This three-story building, originally built in 1982, was torn down to its steel frame and rebuilt and expanded to house the growing health science programs of this college. During an extensive programming phase, 15 affected departments in the allied health programs and their personnel were involved in interviews and meetings to assist in planning the new facilities. Programs included in the facility are Dental, Nursing, EMS, Respiratory Therapy, Pharmacy, Radiography, Surgical Technology, Physical Therapy, and Sonography.
New classrooms incorporate state-of-the-art teaching technology and communications systems, while nursing labs reflect significant investments in clinical setting equipment and simulation technology. A large dental clinic on the first floor, complete with dental hygiene and dental assisting labs, also provides affordable dental care to the community. Aesthetically, the building was designed to project a new state-of-the-art image, to assist in attracting new students and in keeping with its prominent position as the new gateway to the campus. “A state-of-the-art health sciences building with the latest equipment makes it much easier for our students to transition from our labs to the hospitals,” says Christine Bottkol, Coordinator of Nursing.