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Land set aside for possible Fort Smith med school

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FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) - The Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority is donating 200 acres for a prospective medical school for Fort Smith.

The panel voted Tuesday to supply the land for the venture, which would put a $58 million college of osteopathic medicine at the site.

Last week, trustees of the Fort Smith Regional Healthcare Foundation unanimously agreed to pursue formation of a medical school. The organization voted to hire a chief executive and a chief academic officer.

The Southwest Times Record reports (http://is.gd/kQOz0c ) that organizers hope to admit the first students in the fall of 2017.

In December, the foundation began a feasibility study. The college would help bring better access to health care for people in underserved areas.

At present, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is the state's only medical school.

 

Information from: Southwest Times Record, http://www.swtimes.com/

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