MARYVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Maryville College announced Tuesday that two residence halls will soon be open for staff members of Blount Memorial Hospital.

The college signed a memorandum of understanding with the hospital, which will allow housing for up to 80 staff members, beginning April 20 at no cost.

This agreement was made to provide an alternative living option for staff who work in specific areas of the hospital and who prefer not to go home and be in close proximity to their families after their shifts, according to Maryville College.

The college is also in close proximity to the hospital, which would reduce commute times after long shifts for staff members.

“For decades, the College and the hospital have been strong partners, and we are happy to be able to fill this need for housing. Most importantly, we recognize that our agreement supports the health and vitality of the entire community.”

Dr. Tom Bogart – President of Maryville College