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Trine taking empty spot at Randallia

April 5th, 2019

By Ashley Sloboda | The Journal Gazette

A former eye surgery center on Parkview Health's Randallia campus is undergoing renovations to house Trine University's surgical technology program in the fall, the college announced Thursday.

The work is an expansion of Trine's Health Sciences Education Center, 1819 Carew St.

The space is a “perfect home” for the new surgical technology program because it was previously set up for surgery, said Max Baumgartner, dean of Trine's Rinker-Ross School of Health Sciences.

The 8,900-square-foot facility at 1818 Carew St. will also house future programs planned in Rinker-Ross School of Health Sciences, the college said.

Earl D. Brooks II, Trine's president, described Parkview as a key partner. Along with providing space, it has offered guidance and expertise as Trine has developed its health sciences degree programs, he said.

“As Trine University continues on its multi-year health sciences program expansion, we look forward to our continued partnership with Parkview to help meet the health care needs of the northeast Indiana region,” Brooks said in a statement.

The Angola university in October announced plans to expand health sciences programs in Fort Wayne over the next several years.

Renovations were scheduled to start this week and expected to be completed by Aug. 1. Plans include two state-of-the-art operating rooms, classrooms, locker rooms, a supply room, a sterile processing department, a lounge and faculty offices, Trine said.

“This new facility gives Trine University surgical technology students the opportunity from the beginning of their program to train in surgical suites that incorporate the latest technology,” program director Jennifer Lloyd said in a statement. “Combined with our comprehensive curriculum and the personal attention that is a hallmark of all Trine programs, graduates will have the training and experience necessary for a successful surgical technology career.”

The Health Sciences Education Center houses the doctor of physical therapy and master of physician assistant studies programs.