Located in Rome, Georgia’s historic downtown district at 415 East 3rd Avenue, is Georgia Highlands College’s James D. Maddox Heritage Hall building. Heritage Hall is where both the nursing and dental hygiene programs are as well as the GHC digital media department and GHC television studio.
Rebecca Maddox, director of nursing, said, “Advantages to Heritage Hall are that we are downtown and near the area’s hospitals, and we use digital media to help with the educational needs of students.”
The Heritage Hall building was first constructed in 1938, and before being home to GHC’s nursing and dental hygiene programs, it was used as a women’s high school. It later became East Rome Junior High School.
GHC moved nursing off the main Floyd campus and into the James D. Maddox Heritage Hall Building in 1994.
The nursing program and dental hygiene programs both have state-of-the-art high tech equipment for students to work with. The nursing classes use mannequins that can simulate almost any medical condition, and students use these mannequins in rooms that model real exam rooms in hospitals.
The mannequins in these rooms are controlled by an instructor from an observation room. The simulation rooms are used to assess students as they practice taking care of the life-like mannequin.
Paula Stover, health sciences assistant professor, said, “We put out really good nurses, and the simulations allow students the opportunity to make errors in a safe environment that they will learn from and never make again.”
The dental hygiene program has actual scale mouths and heads for students to practice cleaning and tooth care on. The students also develop their skills cleaning the teeth of actual patients from the community.
Besides nursing and dental hygiene, other offices and departments are found at Heritage Hall.
GHC digital media department and GHC TV are located in the Heritage Hall Annex. GHC’s television studio is located here. The digital media team also captures and edits photos and videos for the college.
Offices at Heritage Hall are also leased out to both Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute and the Medical College of Georgia.
To see more into the life on the Heritage Hall campus, please check out the slideshow down below.