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Local Organizations Support FHU / Dickson Health Sciences Wing

Dickson, Tenn. - Dec 16, 2015

The Goodlark Educational Foundation, TriStar Horizon Medical Center (HCA Healthcare Foundation) and Nashville State Community College have made donations to Freed-Hardeman University's campaign to fund a new health sciences wing at The Renaissance Center. The newly renovated $1.1 million wing features labs for anatomy and physiology, biology, chemistry, microbiology and nursing skills. A nursing simulation observation room and a nursing classroom will also be housed there. Biology and chemistry classes will begin utilizing the new learning spaces in January 2016, and the FHU / Dickson Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) program will begin in the new health sciences wing Fall 2016.

TriStar Horizon Medical Center has committed $25,000 from the HCA Foundation to aid FHU in construction of the health sciences wing. The hospital has experienced dramatic growth during 2015 and with the expanding local population, they expect a significant need for more nurses to support the hospital’s future expansion plans. Dustin Greene, CEO of TriStar Horizon Medical Center in Dickson, stated, "TriStar Horizon Medical Center is proud that the HCA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of our parent company, is giving back to our community in the area of health sciences. FHU/Dickson will help educate and train the nurses of tomorrow, and TriStar Horizon looks forward to being an integral part of their training and future."

Nashville State Community College (NSCC) also will teach undergraduate level courses in general biology and lab sciences in the new facility. Dr. George Van Allen, president of NSCC in Nashville, committed to purchasing lab science equipment to be used in the laboratories. He explained, "The addition of the health science wing is a testament to Freed-Hardeman's commitment to quality education, and it will add to the growth and status of the campus. We are pleased to be associated with the university, and we welcome and support this needed addition." Between FHU and NSCC, residents may earn associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Dickson. 

The Goodlark Educational Foundation was the first to commit a $20,000 grant. The Goodlark board of directors felt that the establishment of a medical nursing center in our area would be an especially valuable way to serve both the educational and the medical needs of the community.  Executive Director Vanessa Smyth said, "Since the original funding for our foundation came from Goodlark Hospital, the board thought it particularly apt that they support this program.  We're excited at the opportunities it will offer area students and the skilled nurses it will produce for our community.  The foundation is proud to support FHU's effort."

FHU/Dickson Executive Director Red McCaskill added, "We are blessed to have incredible partners to help us increase and improve the programs Freed-Hardeman offers in Middle Tennessee. We thank all of our FHU family and friends for their ongoing support." Freed-Hardeman University is a private Christian university that seeks to help students develop their God-given talents for His glory by empowering them with an education that integrates faith, scholarship and service. FHU/Dickson began offering classes Fall 2014 at The Renaissance Center.

Those interested in contributing to the campaign may contact Red McCaskill by calling 615-440-8202 or emailing More information about the nursing program is available by calling Ben Selbe at 615-440-7597 or emailing him at The deadline for applications for admission to the fall nursing program is Feb. 1, 2016. Applications are available at