Thanks to an extraordinary $8 million gift from the Kennedy Foundation, Inc., the School of Nursing is set to realize its long-cherished dream of a state-of-the-art facility. This landmark donation, the largest in the School of Nursing’s history, paves the way for the construction of the Dorothy and Jim Kennedy Health Sciences Building.

The Dorothy and Jim Kennedy Health Sciences Building will be a groundbreaking addition to the campus, with construction expected to commence in fall 2024 and completion in fall 2026. Spanning 90,000 square feet, it will house cutting-edge simulation labs, state-of-the-art classrooms, and spaces for student collaboration and study, promising to transform nursing education at UTC.

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With this new facility, the School of Nursing will be able to expand its enrollment capacity by over 150%, addressing the critical need for healthcare professionals in Chattanooga. The region requires a 27% increase in healthcare providers by 2024, making this new building a pivotal step in meeting this demand.

The Kennedy Foundation’s generous gift is a testament to the power of philanthropy in shaping the healthcare landscape of Chattanooga and beyond. It sets a remarkable precedent for the future of nursing education at UTC and will ensure that the next generation of nurses is prepared to make critical decisions and save lives.