About 100 people, including 30 nursing students, gathered in the auditorium of the academic building at Dyersburg State Community College-Jimmy Naifeh Center in Covington Wednesday morning to celebrate a partnership that school officials believe will be beneficial on several fronts.
The college's academic building was renamed the DSCC Baptist Memorial Healthcare Academic Building, acknowledging the lengthy relationship between the school and BMH.
“I've been here 24 years and we've only named four buildings,” said DSCC president Dr. Karen Bowyer. “This our fifth. We don't do this very often, so this is a big deal.”
According to John Morgan, the Tennessee Board of Regents chancellor, DSCC has received approximately $1.2 million from BMH over the years. He said he couldn't think of a better way to recognize their generosity.
“It takes partnerships … You can't depend on tax dollars alone,” Morgan said. “Today we recognize one of those partnerships … BMH has been indispensable to Dyersburg State, providing funding during some very difficult times. And it's not just money.”
BMH personnel have served as instructors, committee members and fundraisers over the years.
Dana Dye, vice president and chief nursing executive of Baptist Memorial Healthcare, said the partnership has been beneficial to all involved.
“I'm thrilled to continue this relationship,” Dye said. “What a great partner Dyersburg State has been for a number of years. We don't talk about this much, but Baptist has given $230 million over the years to community benefit, and part of that was right here at Dyersburg State.”
Baptist began helping DSCC financially in 1996 the school's nursing program began quickly after that.
The newly-named learning center opened in 2007.