By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post
MT. JULIET In what Dr. Harvill Eaton, president of Cumberland University, called a bold, strategic advancement, the school is partnering with University Medical Center to bring healthcare and education to Mt. Juliet / West Wilson County in an announcement Wednesday afternoon.
Providence West Medical Center will be a multi-specialty medical facility located just off Interstate 40 across from Providence MarketPlace. Saad Ehtisham, chief executive officer of UMC, said the facility will later add cardiology, general surgery and orthopedic services.
UMC has always had its eyes set on Mt. Juliet, Ehtisham told an audience at the Hampton Inn and Suites just across the street from the location of the new facility.
Eaton said the new Cumberland facility will be the home of the schools virtual campus and School of Professional Studies, providing off-campus facilities for Cumberlands nursing, criminal justice and Master of Science in Public Service Management, as well as other programs in the health professions and business.
We belong to Wilson County, Eaton said. When I came here eight years ago, I said we would cross Highway 109.
The new facility will be one of many healthcare-related offices and buildings in what was revealed to be a large site plan for a medical complex.
Cumberland is in the midst of incredible growth as theyve recently constructed a new residence hall, have plans to construct a new caf and community center on campus and seek to take over operation of the old Lebanon High School football facilities.
This development represents another extraordinary advancement for the University, Eaton said. Since our founding Cumberland University has responded to unprecedented economic times by offering programs that are relevant and produce graduates that immediately enter the workforce and experience success.
We are going to be serving this community for a long, long time, Ehtisham said.
The new facility, located at 5000 Crossing Circle, is expected to open in summer 2012.
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