Trine cuts ribbon on health sciences expansion

FORT WAYNE — Trine University cut the ribbon for the expansion to its Health Sciences Education Center on April 25.

The expansion, located at 1818 Carew St. in Fort Wayne, will house Trine’s new surgical technology program this fall, as well as future programs planned in Trine’s Rinker-Ross School of Health Sciences.

The university will occupy 8,900 square feet of space in what formerly was an eye surgery center, adjacent to its existing Health Sciences Education at 1819 Carew St. on the Parkview Randallia campus. The space is undergoing renovation to include two state-of-the-art operating rooms, classrooms, locker rooms, a supply room, a sterile processing department with a large autoclave, a lounge and faculty offices, in addition to the existing atrium. The renovation will be complete by Aug. 1.

Trine University opened its current Health Sciences Education Center in 2013. The center is home to Trine University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) and Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) programs.

In October, the university announced it will expand its health sciences programs in Fort Wayne over the next several years. In addition to increasing the sizes of its DPT and MPAS programs and launching surgical technology, Trine plans to add Physical Therapist Assistant, Master of Applied Health Sciences, Doctor of Occupational Therapy, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, RN to BSN, Radiologic Technology and Master of Speech Language Pathology programs.

Photo: Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., Trine University president, cuts the ribbon for the expansion to the university's Health Sciences Education Center in Fort Wayne. From left: John Shannon, vice president for academic affairs, Trine University; Tinisha Weigelt, district director for the Office of Congressman Jim Banks;  John Urbahns, president and CEO of Greater Fort Wayne Inc.; Dr. Brooks; Marcy Rogers, vice president of surgical and ancillary services, Parkview Health; and Jennifer Lloyd, director of surgical technology, Trine University. (Photo by Dean Orewiler)