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HGTC Groundbreaking for Nursing & Health Sciences Institute

(Conway, SC) 04/22/2024

HGTC Nursing & Health Sciences Institute 

HGTC Nursing & Health Sciences Institute

Horry-Georgetown Technical College (HGTC) is thrilled to announce the groundbreaking ceremony for its much-anticipated Nursing & Health Sciences Institute expansion at the Grand Strand Campus. The ceremony, set to take place on Monday, April 22, 2024, at 11:00 am, marks a significant milestone in the HGTC's commitment to excellence in healthcare education and community service.

Dr. Marilyn Murphy Fore, President of Horry-Georgetown Technical College, expressed her excitement about the event, stating, "This groundbreaking ceremony symbolizes a transformative moment for our institution and the communities we serve. The expansion of our Nursing & Health Sciences Institute underscores our dedication to providing the most innovative education and training opportunities for our students, as well as advancing healthcare excellence in the region."

The ceremony will be attended by esteemed guests, including HGTC Area Commissioners, representatives from the HGTC Foundation, School of Nursing & Health Sciences, and distinguished members of the State of South Carolina, including Lt. Governor Pamela Evette. HGTC extends its heartfelt gratitude to Governor McMaster, Lt. Governor Evette, and the South Carolina Legislative Delegation for the unwavering support and commitment to the College's mission.

Key contributors to the project, including Conway Medical Center, McLeod Health, the Chapin Foundation, Bank of America, Truist Foundation, the Draughn family, and the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base Redevelopment Authority have all played a vital role in realizing this vision.

“Their generosity and dedication to advancing healthcare education have been instrumental in making this project a reality,” said Shannon Detzler, President of the HGTC Foundation. 

The building housing the new Nursing & Health Sciences Institute, Building 100, holds a rich history dating back to its original construction in 1960. Originally erected on the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, it served as a gymnasium dedicated to base personnel. Following the base closure, the facility seamlessly transitioned into part of the HGTC Grand Strand Campus, representing a continuity of purpose and community service. This historic structure, the final addition before the base's closure, stands as a testament to resilience and adaptability, embodying the spirit of progress and transformation that defines HGTC's commitment to excellence.

The expansion will transform Building 100 into a state-of-the-art facility, providing an inter-professional training environment for 18 healthcare programs and community partners. With plans to expand to approximately 24,100 square feet by the end of 2025, the Nursing & Health Sciences Institute will accommodate the growing needs of HGTC's nursing and emergency medical technology students.

The goals of the HGTC Nursing & Health Sciences Institute are ambitious yet attainable, aiming to introduce a world-class, integrative simulation learning environment, increase nursing enrollment to 600 students by 2030, provide invaluable clinical rotation and internship opportunities, and continue to attract top-tier healthcare faculty. Additionally, the Institute will offer professional development opportunities for healthcare partners, further strengthening ties between academia and industry.

“As HGTC embarks on this transformative journey, the college remains committed to empowering individuals, changing lives, and reshaping communities. The expansion of the Nursing & Health Sciences Institute reflects HGTC's unwavering dedication to excellence in healthcare education and its profound impact on the local workforce and community,” continued Dr. Fore.