The Nevada Hospital Association said hospitals in the state would increase their contribution to $45 million annually from the $25 million they contribute today to help expand the capabilities of the University of Nevada School of Medicine. The hospitals also committed to help facilitate the expansion of residency programs by 250 slots from the currently available 135 to 150 slots, said Bill Welch, the association's president and chief executive officer. The proposal, which came in response to a request from the chancellor of the state's university community college system, also identified a number of specialty areas that the hospitals would like the school of medicine to offer, including emergency medicine, obstetrics, oncology, orthopedics, geriatrics, psychiatry, neurology and cardiology, Welch said. Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center have been discussing a plan to build an academic facility in partnership with the Las Vegas medical school but UPMC won't comment until a firm proposal is made, a spokeswoman said. Welch said rather than a counterproposal, the hospitals' proposal was made with "the understanding that the hospital community in this state has been supportive of the school of medicine since 1978." -- by Cinda Becker
Nev. hospitals commit to added med school funding
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