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Nashville Medical Mart Gets First Anchor Tenant

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By Chris Cannon 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - State and local leaders announced Wednesday the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society will become the first anchor tenant for the proposed Nashville Medical Trade Center. 

The Chicago-based industry group known as HIMSS plans to make the Nashville facility the permanent home for its Interoperability Showcase that demonstrates applications for sharing patient data. 

"All of us at HIMSS look forward to this center. The society is looking forward to having a physical, permanent presence," said HIMSS President and CEO Stephen Lieber. 

Market Center Management Co. announced plans last November to build and operate the $250 million medical mart on the site of the city's existing convention center, a move officials said could create 2,700 jobs. 
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Developers think the HIMSS announcement will go a long way in attracting other tenants to the trade center. 

"That can become kind of the centerpiece that we launch our effort against some of these other targets," said Bill Winsor from Market Center Management Co. 

MCMC plans to build a 12-story structure on top of the largely underground convention facility. 

It is not exactly known how construction of the medical mart will affect convention business at the current location. 

"We'll work through the design issues in the near future, but I think the plans are to keep holding conventions in the old convention center for as long as we can. Then when we actually get into construction we'll see where we're at. But right now we're planning to do both at the same time, conventions and construction," said Metro Nashville Mayor Karl Dean. 

MCMC would like to start construction on the medical trade center this fall. It would open some time in 2013. 

Before the developer can secure financing for the project between 60 and 70 percent of the center's 1.5 million square feet need to be leased. 

The HIMSS deal will take up a minimum of 25,000 square feet, or roughly 1.7 percent of the trade center. 

A new, larger convention center called the Music City Center is under construction several blocks away behind the Bridgestone Arena. 

E-mail: ccannon@newschannel5.com

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