Innovation Quarter News

Wake Forest Innovation Quarter Welcomes Nurse Anesthesia Program as Newest Tenant

One of the longest continually running nurse anesthesia programs in North Carolina just become the newest kid on the block at Wake Forest Innovation Quarter.

Wake Forest Baptist’s Nurse Anesthesia program expanded from 4,440 square feet at its previous location on the Hawthorne Hill campus of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center to 11,000 square feet of new space at 525@vine. The new facility includes staff and administration offices, a student lounge, meeting and collaboration rooms, a state-of-the-art technology simulation lab, one traditional classroom, and an innovative, multi-functional learning space that features multi-media technology, an adaptable multi-functional classroom and lecture area and even a full-size basketball goal.

“A goal for the Innovation Quarter has been to create a robust knowledge-based community and for that we have encouraged there being a variety of student programs,” said Eric Tomlinson, president of Wake Forest Innovation Quarter. “This vision requires students learning a variety of skills in different ways and across different subject matters. The addition of the top-quality Nurse Anesthesia program at 525@vine helps fulfill that goal.”

“Our Nurse Anesthesia program has been a nationally recognized leader in its field, and this new facility within 525@vine reflects that tradition of excellence,” said Michael Rieker, D.N.P., C.R.N.A., director of Nurse Anesthesia Education. “From the beginning, we envisioned this new space as a place where students could come both to learn and importantly to collaborate with each other and interact with other departments and programs of the School of Medicine and other organizations across the Innovation Quarter.”

With the arrival of the Nurse Anesthesia program, 94 percent of 525@vine is now leased. Other tenants at 525@vine include: Flywheel, a co-working innovation space; Forsyth Tech at Innovation Quarter; the headquarters of Clinical Ink, a provider of electronic data-capturing technology for clinical research; and the Innovation Quarter YMCA of Northwest North Carolina. Mullen, a full-service marketing communications firm announced in January it would move in, December 2015.

Learn more about one Nurse Anesthesia student’s special connection to the Innovation Quarter.