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“By 2021, it is estimated the UCR School of Medicine alone could generate more than $150 million in spending, with more than 2,200 jobs supported by that activity.”

On Tuesday, the Riverside Board of Supervisors will consider pledging $15 million over the next decade to help secure accreditation for UCR’s medical school “and strengthen its financial foundation” as the school prepares to enroll its first incoming class next year, according to a news release from county officials.

Last year, the Board of Supervisors gave the University of California, Riverside, $5 million to help develop the medical school. The county also agreed to provide another $5 million, with the payment anticipated before the current fiscal year ends in June.

But UCR’s request for accreditation was denied last year after $10 million from the University of California system’s budget intended for the medical school was not included in the budget. County supervisors and other community leaders have since focused on ways to help advance the medical school’s development.

“This is probably the most important proposal for our community in decades,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman John Tavaglione. “The economic value and the benefit to health care in our community are immense, and we are committed to making the school a reality.”

The item on the Board of Supervisors’ agenda on Tuesday (http://rivcocob.com/agenda/2012/04_10_12/03.07.pdf) calls for the county to pay $1.5 million in 10 installments made by July 1, 2020.

The University of California Board of Regents in July 2008 approved establishment of the medical school.

“The school’s mission is to train a diverse physician workforce and develop research and health-care delivery programs to improve the health of medically underserved populations. Riverside County is the only California county with more than one million people to have fewer than 100 medical doctors per 100,000 residents. The shortage is particularly acute in primary care specialties, which results in relatively poor health outcomes for the region’s residents when measuring deaths due to coronary heart disease, diabetes, and chronic lower respiratory disease,” the news release states.

“Training new doctors not only improves access to health care, it stimulates the economy in a region that suffers from some of the nation’s highest unemployment and home foreclosure rates. For example, every primary care physician in California has an annual economic impact of nearly $1 million to the community because of associated jobs that are created and related referrals for diagnostic tests and specialty medical care,” the news release continued. “By 2021, it is estimated the UCR School of Medicine alone could generate more than $150 million in spending, with more than 2,200 jobs supported by that activity.”

julian April 06, 2012 at 01:32 AM
Education like medicine is big business; one that weathers good and bad times. One of the reasons I'm always pushing for a community college in LE.
Popeye April 06, 2012 at 09:46 AM
Too many uneducated Tea Bagggers in this area to support this type of system in this area...we will have to import more people from other counties to make this a success. Then the Tea Baggers will whine that there is no future.. Now make Giant Open Pit land fills in LE would create more jobs for the unemployed main stream...:)
Roberto April 06, 2012 at 10:17 AM
The only uneducated Tea Bagger I know of are the one hanging over you Poopeye.
julian April 06, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Don't you even have an opinion about the article, or are you just here to badger people who don't agree with you? Can't you even formulate a legitimate argument in response instead of just resorting to sophomoric insults?
Renee Cummings April 07, 2012 at 05:54 AM
julian - i agree with you on a cc for LE! Riverside County has very few cc colleges and the ones we have - as just discussed in a PE article over the weekend - are heavily impacted. Several college students I know who attend local cc's could only take 2 classes their first year because all the other classes were full or cancelled. It's take 3 to 4 years to finish what was once a 2 year college program. Keep that fight going Julian!
jill smith May 10, 2012 at 12:38 PM
I have an opinion for you Julian. In fact its under the opinion column. The article is titled. Lake Elsinore Students face higher college fees.. Anyone else that is fond of Julian Huxtababble is welcome to read it too.
jill smith May 10, 2012 at 01:02 PM
Julian calm down boy. It is one thing to be proven right but must you prove me right over and over and over. Early morning and Julian needs his narcississtic feed like a ravenous dog on the prowl. Arrrrrggrrrr. Oh by the way Julian Im strictly here for sophmoric responses.

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