The $85 million project that will bring an 80,000-square-foot medical school to the campus of New Mexico State University is on schedule to break ground early next year. That’s in part because the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine has just received pre-accreditation from the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation.
The project’s leader, Santa Fe’s Dan Burrell, told Business First he took a delegation of 14 senior members involved in the future medical school to Chicago last weekend for the commission’s December board meeting. In the meetings, the BCOM and NMSU delegation, along with community members, health care leaders and politicians from New Mexico, El Paso and Chihuahua, Mexico, spoke about why the school should be awarded preaccreditation. Those joining Burrell included NMSU President Garrey Carruthers, the medical school’s CEO John Hummer and Dr. George Mychaskiw, founding dean and chief academic officer of the future school.
Burrell gave credit for the successful preapproval to his team and public and private sector partners he’s been working with for the past two years to lay the groundwork for the development. In its first 10 years, the school hopes to graduate 1,200 doctors. Health care experts have said the school will help stem the shortage of doctors in New Mexico, the region and in the U.S., also providing greater access to health care. It could also be an economic boon to southern New Mexico, they said.
The project’s architect is Dekker/Perich/Sabatini and the general contractor is GenCon. The hope is to have the school completed by May 2016.
By: Damon Scott (Albuquerque Business First)
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