TMCC Health Science Center Officially Named

K. Patricia Bouweraerts

William N. Pennington Health Science Center Rendering

The new Truckee Meadows Community College health science site at Redfield Campus has been officially named the William N. Pennington Health Science Center.

The Center is scheduled to open on August 31 for the fall semester, and will house nursing, certified nursing assistant, radiologic technology, and veterinary technician programs.

“We are proud to place the name of William N. Pennington on our leading-edge health science instruction center,” said Dr. Maria Sheehan, president of TMCC. “He was a leading pioneer in Nevada, who strove to accomplish great things. In thinking about how persistently we’ve worked to build this innovative location, he is the perfect example of energy and enduring spirit.”

The late William N. Pennington was dedicated to health care, research and higher education in Northern and rural Nevada. Numerous scholarships are given each year as a part of his legacy.

"Naming of the TMCC Health Science Center for Mr. Pennington is truly fitting given his extensive support of health care in our community,” wrote the Pennington Foundation.

As the new Center opens, TMCC’s Maxine S. Jacobs Nursing Program will have capacity for a fifth group of students, one additional cohort.

Sheehan added, “The William N. Pennington Health Science Center will serve so many people in Northern Nevada by providing even more of our great, highly-skilled nurses.”

Redfield is a collaborative campus between TMCC and the University of Nevada, Reno. Ground was broken at Redfield in November 2014 for TMCC’s new 17,000-square-foot building that will connect to the existing 34,500-square-foot facility with an interior corridor. In addition to sizable combination classrooms with labs, the Center houses four simulation labs and two standard patient rooms.

Jody Covert, Director of Nursing at TMCC, is enthusiastic for classes to begin. “It will be so student-focused with great places for students to study together, an amazing simulation lab, large classrooms and a computer lab for online assessments,” Covert said.

For more information about the William N. Pennington Health Science Center, call Facilities Operations and Capital Planning at 775-673-7100.