The University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s College of Pharmacy is expanding its Nashville footprint by moving to a new, larger facility in southeast Nashville at 301 South Perimeter Park Drive.
College of Pharmacy Dean Marie Chisholm-Burns, PharmD, MPH, MBA, FCCP, FASHP, FAST, will mark the move with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house on Friday, September 20, at 4:30 p.m., at the building. More than 100 guests are expected to attend. The Nashville Chamber is assisting with the event.
The college’s move to the approximately 11,000-square-foot building is designed to accommodate the growing demand of the Nashville campus. The building has state-of-the-art features, including a simulated pharmacy, similar to the one in the new Center for Healthcare Improvement and Patient Simulation on the main campus in Memphis.
“This move is a dream come true for our students and the college as a whole,” Dean Chisholm-Burns said. “In this new, larger space, we are able to accommodate our growing student body and provide some of the same resources we offer at our other campuses in Memphis and Knoxville.”
The UTHSC College of Pharmacy opened its Nashville campus in 2014. As with its other locations across the state, this facility is outfitted with the latest technology. This allows the college to connect students and teach classes across its three campuses.
Tracy Hagemann, PharmD, has served as the Nashville campus’ associate dean since it opened, and is coordinating the move, along with the Nashville faculty and staff.
“Our new location and space is just fantastic,” said Dr. Hagemann. The students and faculty have settled in nicely and everyone is extremely excited. We look forward to calling Perimeter Park our UTHSC CoP home for a long time.”
The UTHSC College of Pharmacy, with its more than 700 students, is the highest-ranked, lowest-cost College of Pharmacy in Tennessee. In keeping with Dean Chisholm-Burns’ goal to make pharmacy education accessible and affordable, the college awards scholarships to more than 50 percent of the student body.
Dean Chisholm-Burns acknowledged the support from the leadership teams of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and UT-Knoxville in facilitating the Nashville move. “They were instrumental in making this move happen and making sure we have the best resources to educate the pharmacists of today and tomorrow,” the dean said.