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Published on November 29, 2016

Health Sciences Center Grand Opening Event to Take Place Tuesday, Nov. 29

Henderson County, Blue Ridge Community College, City of Hendersonville, Pardee Hospital, and Wingate University invite community to attend ribbon cutting ceremony and open house tour

Hendersonville, N.C. – Henderson County announced today that the grand opening celebration for the new Health Sciences Center located at 805 6th Avenue West will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 11 a.m. at 805 6th Avenue West. The County, along with partners Blue Ridge Community College, City of Hendersonville, Pardee Hospital and Wingate University, encourage the public to attend. The event will kick off with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11 a.m., followed by open house tours of all floors of the new building from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The grand opening celebration is open to the public and free to attend.

“The Grand Opening of this new facility is the culmination of many long hours and hard work. We hope that the community will join us to celebrate this great day for Henderson County.  This partnership of health care and education is an asset that will pay dividends for generations to come,” said Steve Wyatt, Henderson County Manager.

"We invite you to join us for the much-anticipated grand opening of the new Health Sciences Center on the campus of Pardee Hospital," said James M. Kirby, II, president and CEO of Pardee Hospital. "This building represents our community's commitment to excellent health care and educational programs for Western North Carolina residents. Our new Cancer Center is a testament to the quality, personalized patient care we strive to achieve at Pardee. Every detail has been designed with our patients in mind. We hope the community will stop by to see how the Cancer Center and Pardee Surgical Associates will create a truly seamless experience for those who need care within our facility."

“Wingate University is tremendously excited to be a part of Henderson County and this Health Sciences Center,” said Kurt Wargo, PharmD, associate professor and regional dean of Wingate University Hendersonville Health Sciences Center. “Through the Doctor of Pharmacy and the Master in Physician Assistant Studies degrees, we are helping to shape future health care leaders. Our students are held to high ethical standards and use the very best judgment in all aspects of their lives. They are honest, trustworthy and have a work ethic second to none. We help instill in our students the belief that it takes a collaborative team of experts to care for patients. In addition, community engagement and civic-mindedness are core values of the students of Wingate University. Our students understand the importance of assisting the communities of Western N.C., and give back often. We hope you take the time to stop by our floor and learn more about our current programs of study, tour some of our state-of- the-art classrooms, and partake in free wellness checks."

“The Health Sciences Center is truly an investment in our future and in future generations of students," said Blue Ridge Community College President Molly A. Parkhill. "It brings a tremendous opportunity for our students to learn in a state-of-the-art health education facility with modern technologies and access to a quality, world-class workforce for employers -- both locally and regionally."

The 100,000+ square foot building is located adjacent to Pardee Hospital’s campus and will house a new Cancer Center, including medical oncology, radiation oncology, cancer research and surgical office space. The building will also carry the existing student programs in allied health care for both Blue Ridge Community College and Wingate University, as well as the Wingate Pharmacy and PA programs. Once the building is completed, students taking nursing and a full array of allied health professions can have access to Pardee Hospital for training through its programs.

Pardee Hospital is a not-for-profit community hospital founded in 1953 and is managed by UNC Health Care. The hospital is licensed for 222 acute care beds. Pardee Hospital has several locations separate from the main campus, including a comprehensive physician practice network, two urgent care locations and five orthopedic clinics. For more information or to find a physician, visit www.pardeehospital.org.

Blue Ridge Community College is a two-year, comprehensive post-secondary institution serving Henderson and Transylvania counties in North Carolina. The College offers more than 100 programs of study, a wide range of college transfer courses, and one of the largest continuing education programs in the state. Its mission is to provide quality education and training opportunities that support student learning, enhance student advancement and success, and meet the workforce needs of the community. To learn more about Blue Ridge Community College, visit www.blueridge.edu.

Wingate University, consistently ranked as a top-10 “best value” in the South by U.S. News & World Report, serves nearly 3,200 students on three campuses in Wingate, Charlotte and Hendersonville, N.C. Founded in 1896, the University offers 35 undergraduate majors, 35 minors, 12 career concentrations and nine pre-professional programs; master’s degrees in accounting, business, education, sport management and physician assistant studies; and doctorates in education, pharmacy and physical therapy. With a 14-to-1 student/teacher ratio, Wingate students gain the tools and support needed to excel in academics and apply that learning toward an extraordinary career and life. To view current news, video and story ideas, go to www.wingate.edu or www.youtube.com/wingateuniversity.

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