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Renaissance Center History



It is surprising to know that although The Renaissance Center opened its doors in 1999, the story behind its existence began over 50 years earlier when the City of Dickson sent out a call for a medical doctor to serve the health care needs of the community.

Answering the ad was a young, newly licensed doctor from South Pittsburgh, Tennessee, by the name of L.C. Jackson. Opening a one-room medical clinic on the second floor of a retail establishment on Dickson's Main Street, Dr. Jackson began his practice. It didn't take long for the young doctor to realize that he would need help to maintain the level of care he wanted for his patients.

After World War II ended, Dr. Jackson solicited the help of his physician brothers, Drs. William and Jimmy Jackson to join him in caring for the medical needs of the Dickson community.

And so began the Jackson family practice that not only served the people of Dickson County but neighboring Hickman and Humphreys counties as well.

In 1958, the Jackson brothers built Goodlark Hospital. Maintaining the brothers' high standards for exceptional health care, the hospital grew to become one of the finest medical facilities in the mid-state area.

The hospital continued its fast-paced growth in both size and service. New wings were added and physicians in specialized fields joined the Jackson brothers. Currently, the 176-bed hospital offers medical and surgical care, obstetrics, gynecology, skilled nursing services, 24-hour emergency services and outpatient care.

In 1995, the hospital sold to Columbia/HCA. Wishing to continue to give back to the community, The Jackson Foundation, Inc. was established from the proceeds of the sale of the hospital. Although Drs. L.C. and William died several years earlier, Dr. Jimmy Jackson was able to see The Renaissance Center completed before his death in 2001. His son, Douglas Jackson, serves as the President/Executive Director of the foundation.

In 1999, The Renaissance Center was built as the cornerstone project of The Jackson Foundation. From a one-room clinic on Main Street to a 176-bed hospital to a fine arts and technology learning center unlike any other in the country, the Jackson brothers' commitment to the Greater Dickson area continues to have a lasting impact.

The Jackson Foundation transfered ownership of The Renaissance Center in Dickson to Freed-Hardeman University under a historic agreement signed Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. Freed-Hardeman University is expanding to Middle Tennessee, thanks to the largest gift in the university’s 144-year history. Starting in the fall semester of 2014, Freed-Hardeman will offer a complete four-year undergraduate program and post-graduate degrees in Dickson, the first such program in the city’s history, pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.


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