About The Renaissance Center

The Renaissance Center opened its doors in 1999. Its history however began 50 years earlier when the City of Dickson sent out a request for a medical doctor to meet the medical needs of the fast growing community.

A young doctor from South Pittsburgh, Tennessee named L.C. Jackson joined the Dickson community opening a one-room medical clinic to begin his practice. The clinic was located on the second floor of a retail establishment on Dickson's Main Street. The newly licensed doctor quickly realized he would need help to maintain the level of care he wanted for his patients.  After World War II ended, Dr. Jackson solicited the help of his physician brothers Dr. William and Dr. Jimmy Jackson to join him in caring for the Dickson Community.

The Jackson Family Practice was born to serve not only the needs of the Dickson Community, but also those of the surrounding counties of Hickman and Humphreys. 

In 1958, the Jackson brothers built Goodlark Hospital. Maintaining the brothers' high standards for exceptional health care, the hospital grew to become one of the finest medical facilities in the mid-state area. Over the years, the hospital grew to meet the rising demands of the area. 

In 1995, the hospital sold to Columbia/HCA. Wishing to continue to give back to the community, The Jackson Foundation, Inc. was established from the proceeds of the sale. Dr. L.C. and Dr. William were unable to see the completion of The Renaissance Center. Dr. Jimmy Jackson was able to witness the completion before his death in 2001. His son, Douglas Jackson, serves as the President/Executive Director of the Foundation.  

In November 2013, The Jackson Foundation transferred ownership of The Renaissance Center to Freed-Hardeman University. The historic agreement became the largest gift in the university's 144-year history. Classes at The Renaissance Center began fall 2014. Freed-Hardeman offers an undergraduate completion program and post-graduate degrees in Dickson, the first such program in the city's history.