Jul 14, 2021


by Kelly Thompson

If the Pfeiffer University Center for Health Sciences Could Talk

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This episode of  If Buildings Could Talk highlights how Pfeiffer University, a private, liberal arts university, has opened a new Center for Health Sciences in Albemarle, NC that is helping to prepare future healthcare workers and instilling in them a passion for providing healthcare for rural communities. Founding Program Chair, Brenda Diaz, and Pfeiffer’s Director of Facilities, Sharon Bard, share how the program started and the importance of the collaborative process with the design and construction team, including Little’s project architect Adam Caruthers. We also talk with Rachel Nance, a student in the physician assistant studies master’s degree program, who plans to “pay it forward” by staying in Albemarle and providing healthcare services to those in her own community.

Photos courtesy of Pfeiffer University


Kelly Thompson

Beginning her communications career in television broadcasting, Kelly ditched the idea of fame and fortune – but remains convinced that fortune will come from her occasional purchase of a lottery ticket. A member of Little’s marketing team and mom of three tykes, Kelly is known to put on a toe tapping, finger snapping clogging performance when the empty soda cans wedged on her feet fit just right.

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