NEW "ALLIED HEALTH FACILITY" TO BE BUILT ON SIXTH AVENUE WEST
It's being called a "game changer" by County Manager Steve Wyatt...and it will help re-shape health care and the education of health care providers in our community for many years to come. Henderson County, the City of Hendersonville, Wingate University, Blue Ridge Community College and Pardee Hospital have all partnered to create an all new "allied health facility"...that will be constructed where a house is now located at 747 Sixth Avenue West.
It all started several years ago...when Wingate University decided to locate a campus in Hendersonville to train pharmacy students...and that has grown to include MBA and physician assistant students. Wingate has outgrown their original Hendersonville facility in the former Coldwell Banker building on Fifth Avenue East at King Street...and a search has been underway for sometime for a new and larger location for Wingate.
That search led to a co-operative agreement on this new "allied health facility".
Dr. Jerry McGee is President of Wingate University...and when the announcement of the new facility was made Friday morning in the Historic Courthouse, he explained how it all came about.
The new allied health facility will built around close co-operation in the training of health care professionals with Blue Ridge Community College...and college president Dr. Molly Parkhill said Friday morning she is looking forward to the new facility and the new arrangement.
Another key player in this new allied health facility will be Pardee Hospital. In fact, the new Sixth Avenue West facility will be build next to Pardee's Medical Office Building, and will become part of the Pardee-UNC Health Care campus. Pardee president and CEO Jay Kirby gave much of the credit for the new facility to city manager John Connet and county manager Steve Wyatt.
The announcement of the new facility was made at a special called joint meeting of Hendersonville city council and the Henderson County Commissioners Friday morning in the Historic Courthouse. And as he introduced the speakers and outlined the plan and the new facility, county manager Steve Wyatt told the group...it's all because Henderson County is such a great and unique place to live, learn and work.
The house on Sixth Avenue West is currently occupied...but will be leveled to make room for this all new allied health facility.
By WHKP News Director Larry Freeman