Founded at the intersection of health science and education, the Henderson County Health Sciences Center is building bridges between patients, students, and healthcare professionals. The three-story facility provides an enhanced experience for patients through a complex network of professionals working together. The facility is the result of a strategic partnership between Pardee Hospital, Blue Ridge Community College, Wingate University, and Henderson County. Henderson County coordinated and funded the project through a public-private partnership that expands space, funds, and resources for the three entities and the surrounding community.
The three floors of the building operate in conjunction with one another while balancing distinct identities. The first floor houses Pardee Cancer Center, the only comprehensive cancer center in Henderson County, offering medical oncology and radiation oncology. Comfortable waiting areas, treatment zones, labs, and doctors’ offices offer an elevated experience for both patients and their loved ones. Extensive daylighting provides a sense of serenity and connectivity, while the use of glazing facing the campus allows patients a direct view of a holistic healing garden.
Home to the Physician Assistant and Pharmacy programs, Wingate University is located on the second floor. The space includes large lecture halls, classrooms, labs, simulated exam rooms, and administrative offices. A two-story lobby connects the student space to the cancer center below to promote interactivity between students and professionals. Breakout rooms are easily accessible by both Wingate and Blue Ridge students. The Blue Ridge Community College Nursing and Technology programs on the third floor serve students with smart classrooms and access to a variety of well-equipped labs and study spaces.
Both the Wingate and BRCC facilities allow students to gain hands-on experience by learning and studying in a professional setting that simulates the workplace, while preparing them for careers in healthcare.