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MTSU Purchases Old MTMC Hospital Property

MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee, second from right, is joined by hospital and community dignitaries today to unveil signage for the university’s new Bell Street Building, formerly part of the former MTMC property. With McPhee are, from left, Rutherford County Mayor Ernest Burgess; Dr. Lee Moss, chairman of the MTMC board of directors; MTMC President and CEO Gordon Ferguson; and Murfreesboro Mayor Tommy Bragg.
Credit MTSU photo by J. Intintoli

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Middle Tennessee State University announced Friday that it has purchased the former Middle Tennessee Medical Center property for just over $11 million dollars.

The hospital moved to a new $267 million facility in 2010.  MTMC has been looking for a buyer ever since, and President Gordon Ferguson says he always hoped it would be MTSU.

I seem to remember that somewhere in there there was a "No," and that turned to a "Maybe," and we just kept being patient. It's what we had dreamed might happen and is something that will benefit our community in many different ways."

President Sidney A. McPhee noted that, while MTSU had an interest in the property, he initially thought it was out of the universities reach.

"We knew from all of our experiences that last couple of years that that money was not coming from the State of Tennessee, and that if this was going to happen that somebody needed to step up to the plate and provide a significant contribution - investment, I should say - in our university to help us achieve this goal."

MTSU says the donor wishes to remain anonymous. McPhee says the facility will be used for  “academic purposes.”