Inside the Health and Wellness Center

MCC Health and Wellness Center rendering

A new 52,000 square foot classroom and academic building on the south side of the main Muskegon Community College campus, the Health and Wellness Center programmatically functions as the primary location for MCC’s Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Department. Focused on the health and wellness of all students, the HPER Department offers classes that are required in most students’ core curriculum. In addition, the facility contains collaborative learning spaces; large and small classrooms; a state-of-the-art Health Simulation Lab for MCC students in nursing, respiratory therapy, and medical assistant programs; and Mercy Health Physician Partners Quarterline Family Medicine. A collaboration between MCC and its Mercy Health and Grand Valley State University educational partners, the primary care center provides MCC nursing students with opportunities for required clinical hours. The building is organized on one contiguous floor level. The main physical education center and fitness room are located at the east end and the fitness area, classrooms, academic offices, simulation lab, and clinic spaces are on the west end.

Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department
The new Health and Wellness Center provides flexible spaces for teaching and learning for students in the physical education/activity, physical education/profession, health education, and recreation classes. There are three classrooms, including the Ron Gaffner Room which will be used for activity classes. The Center includes collaborative learning spaces for students to work in small groups and a variety of activity and fitness lab spaces for students to practice what is learned in the classroom while improving their health, fitness, and stress management.

Medical Assistant Department
The new lab/classroom space is used by the Medical Assistant Program and provides a minimum of three simulated exam rooms, three blood draw simulation stations, a laboratory station for point-of-care testing and analysis, storage space, and much-needed faculty office space. In addition, the area may be used for programs and classes under development, such as phlebotomy.

Nursing and Respiratory Therapy Simulation Center
The approximately 3,000 square foot Simulation Suite contains four Sim Labs, a small Debriefing Room with seating for 12 to 14 people, and various support spaces. The Center is operated by the MCC Allied Health Department and provides the necessary space to operate high-fidelity simulations in support of students’ clinical experience.

Nurse Practitioner Suite
Mercy Health, in partnership with Muskegon Community College and Grand Valley State University, occupies roughly 4,000 square feet of space containing eight exam rooms, a treatment room, and lab for a primary clinic to accommodate three Nurse Practitioners and their required support staff. This clinic provides services for residents in the currently underserved 49442 area of Muskegon.