Kansas City University to open new medical school in Joplin

5 years 6 months 4 days ago Friday, March 27 2015 Mar 27, 2015 Friday, March 27, 2015 7:13:00 PM CDT March 27, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY (AP) - Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences announced plans to develop a medical school in Joplin.

The Joplin Globe reported the project announced Thursday planned to use a 150,000-square-foot building formerly occupied by Mercy Hospital Joplin. The university planed to enroll 150 students per year in its osteopathic program, with the first class set to begin in 2017.

Mercy Hospital Joplin planed to donate the land and component hospital once it received approval from the Vatican.

The Joplin Regional Medical School Alliance pledged $30 million to help develop the new medical school. According to a committee chairman, about half of those funds have were raised and there were plans increase the fundraising campaign to gather the rest of the money.

According to the university, this would be the first new medical school location to open in Missouri in 44 years.

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