Beebe Says Funding Needed for UAMS Expansion in NWA

FAYETTEVILLE, AR - Governor Beebe says he believes the funding can be secured to open a northwest Arkansas satellite campus of the state's only medical school, but the project still needs between $5 million and $8 million.

Beebe and officials from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences discussed the new campus in a gathering yesterday.  The program has about $2 million in seed money from the Legislature, and the first students are expected to be admitted in 2009.  The campus will need money from the federal Medicare program, which pays medical residents for the four-to-seven year period after they leave medical school before they become licensed doctors.  Officials say that money will only come through after demand for doctors increases.

The school will be able to move into the former Washington County Regional Medical Center building.

UAMS is based in Little Rock.

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