JOHNSON CITY (Nov. 17, 2016) – The Academic Health Sciences Center at East Tennessee State University held a ceremonial groundbreaking Thursday that officially kicked off a multi-million-dollar renovation project intended to create a headquarters for interprofessional education and research at the institution.
Through the project, Building 60 on the Mountain Home Veterans Affairs campus will be transformed from the VA’s former Quartermaster’s Storehouse and fire station into ETSU’s Interprofessional Education and Research Center. The state-of-the-art educational facility will include simulation labs, research space, classrooms, student study space and more.
The renovated and repurposed building will not belong to any single health sciences college, but instead represent a space where students, faculty and staff from all five such colleges at ETSU can work and learn in a team-based environment. The ETSU Academic Health Sciences Center includes the Quillen College of Medicine, the Gatton College of Pharmacy, the College of Nursing, the College of Public Health and the College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences.
“With national attention being directed at affordable and effective healthcare delivery, the health profession programs at ETSU believe it is critical to develop practice-ready graduates who will be able to work effectively in healthcare teams to improve the health of the region and the world beyond,” said Dr. Wilsie Bishop, ETSU’s chief operating officer and vice president for Health Affairs. “The faculty of the ETSU Academic Health Sciences Center are dedicated to providing an experiential learning environment for innovative, interprofessional education and research experiences where students learn and work together in teams.”
ETSU has been a national leader in interprofessional education since the early 1990s when it was awarded a W.K. Kellogg Foundation grant to develop interdisciplinary community partnerships.
“As Building 60 is transformed into the ETSU Interprofessional Research and Education Center, it will serve as a physical symbol of a philosophy the institution has been living for decades and will set ETSU apart from many other institutions by strongly reinforcing its dedication to interprofessional education,” said ETSU President Brian Noland.
The project is expected to cost approximately $13 million, with the facility set to open by summer of 2018.