PA Studies moving to Wake Forest Innovation Quarter
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has announced that in the spring of next year, the Department of Physician Assistant Studies will move from its present location in Victoria Hall to the fifth floor of the newly developed 525@Vine building in the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter. The future home for PA Studies is a state-of-the-art education and high-tech research space located across Vine Street from Wake Forest Biotech Place. Along with Wake Forest School of Medicine's Division of Public Health Sciences, which is also moving, PA Studies' 24 faculty and staff and 128 students will occupy 120,000 square feet of space in the new building. The move is expected to begin in March 2014.
"This new space will allow us to scale up our program, support new curriculum advancements, and create a high-tech home base for community-based interventions throughout the region," said Reamer Bushardt, PharmD, PA-C, chair, Department of Physician Assistant Studies.
"The addition of the Public Health Sciences and Physician Assistant programs to the Innovation Quarter will be a huge boost to this expanding downtown area," said Eric Tomlinson, DSc, PhD, chief innovation officer, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, and president, Wake Forest Innovation Quarter. "Together with the impending move of more than 800 Inmar employees beginning in February 2014; the opening in late 2014 of Forsyth Technical Community College's Emerging Technologies Center, which is expected to train more than 1,200 students annually; and the opening by the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina of a new express branch, the Innovation Quarter continues to be one of the fastest growing urban-based research parks in the United States. We fully anticipate that the energy these students, staff, and faculty will bring to the area will create new sparks for growth and lead to fascinating collaborations."