March 25. 2013 11:00AM - Last modified: March 25. 2013 11:30AM

Funding approved for Medical College expansion in state

  
The Wisconsin State Building Commission approved state financing to support the Medical College of Wisconsin’s plans to establish programs in northeast and central Wisconsin. The Building Commission approved $7.4 million for building renovations and remodeling, as well as technology improvements at two new regional campuses in Green Bay and the Wausau area.


Each community-based campus will eventually train at least 25 new students per year.

“I would like to thank the Building Commission for supporting our innovative approach to medical education and recognizing that Medical College of Wisconsin’s Community Medical Education Program will benefit the entire state,” said John R. Raymond, Sr., Medical College of Wisconsin president and CEO. “Our new education model is specifically designed to more quickly infuse well-trained physicians into the workforce, addressing the state’s physician shortage and increasing access to quality primary care in medically underserved areas.”

In both central Wisconsin and in Green Bay, the Medical College of Wisconsin will be developing facilities at multiple locations for the medical education programs, and will be partnering with regional health systems and area colleges and universities, many of whom echo their support of the Commission’s decision.

The initiative will now be considered by the full state Legislature as part of the two-year state budget bill.

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