Pellissippi State Nursing classroom named for key supporter, Shannondale

William Thomas, president and CEO; David Maxwell, administrator, Blount County; and Peggy Smith, administrator, Knox County visit Pellissippi State.

William Thomas, president and CEO; David Maxwell, administrator, Blount County; and Peggy Smith, administrator, Knox County visit Pellissippi State.

When Pellissippi State Community College’s new Blount County Campus opens for classes fall semester, its Nursing classroom will bear the name of a trusted long-term-care provider and key community supporter: Shannondale.

Administered by Presbyterian Homes of Tennessee, Inc., Shannondale of Maryville and Shannondale of Knoxville are known as high-quality retirement communities. Now people will know Shannondale as well for its support of the nursing profession and the new Nursing program at Pellissippi State.

Shannondale has made a gift to the Pellissippi State Foundation that includes funds to equip the new campus’ Nursing classroom and to support scholarships for Nursing students.

“It’s really good that we have such a program in the area and ideal that it’s here in Blount County,” said Bill Thomas, president of Presbyterian Homes of Tennessee. “It’s really a plus for our facility and our industry, and all of health care.”

The nonprofit organization’s support has helped the Pellissippi State Foundation move closer to its goal for the ongoing Connecting Communities, Changing Lives Major Gifts Campaign. The campaign has raised more than $1.85 million in gifts and pledges for equipment and more than $400,000 for Blount County student scholarships, including the Shannondale Nursing Scholarship. The Foundation has earmarked the Blount County Campus as one of the campaign’s top priorities.

The Tennessee Department of Health’s Board of Nursing approved Pellissippi State’s Nursing degree program on Sept. 25. Graduates who pass the NCLEX-RN licensing exam enter the health-care field as a registered nurse, or R.N.

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