Quantcast

UND Med School Eyes $124-million Expansion - Valley News Live - KVLY/KXJB - Fargo/Grand Forks

UND Med School Eyes $124-million Expansion

Posted: Updated:

    The lineup of requests for part of North Dakota's nearly 2-billion dollars budget surplus is getting longer.

  This winter, UND's Medical School will be asking the legislature for 124-million dollars to build a new school.

  In order to fill the shortage of doctors and other health care professionals across North Dakota, the legislature authorized UND's Med School to increase it's enrollment.

  Enrollment is projected to jump from 641 students today, to 803 students within 4 years and Med School Dean, Joshua Wynne says they're already cramped for space.

  The School's recommended fix is to build a new, 124-million dollar medical school, across the street from the old one.

Robert Kelley, President U.N.D.: "When you stop to look at the expanded needs for medical education, for biomedical research within the State, all of this is going to require attention to the facilities that we educate our medical students in, and as we expand the class size, we need to expand our faculty."

  Republican, House Majority Leader Al Carlson of Fargo says yes, they'll take a close look at the proposal. But, Carlson says there's already a long list of spendy proposals at the head of the line…  infrastructure for western North Dakota and statewide  property tax relief.

(R) Al Carlson, Fargo: "When you look at that pile of money, a lot of it has already been pre-promised. Obviously, infrastructure  and property tax relief are the ones taking the biggest bite out of that surplus."

  So, while North Dakota remains in the best financial condition in the Country, there will now be a battle by many different entities, to grab a piece of the surplus.

   Its estimated North Dakota will face a shortage of as many as 500 doctors in the coming years.

  Med School Dean Joshua Wynne says there are a couple of other less costly options for remodeling and expanding the current medical school. However, he says the most cost effective solution over the long term is to build a new school.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Head on Collision Injures Two

    Head on Collision Injures Two

    Two drivers were hurt in a headon collision in Otter Tail County Saturday night.The Minnesota State Patrol says Jacquelyn Burrows, 63, of Pelican Rapids, was seriously injured. Troopers say Kelsey Laugen, 18, of Elk River, was hurt with non-life threatening injuries.According to an agency report, Burrows was traveling North on Highway 59 near 450th Street when she crossed the center line and hit Laugen head on. It happened at about 8:45 Saturday night.
    Two drivers were hurt in a headon collision in Otter Tail County Saturday night.The Minnesota State Patrol says Jacquelyn Burrows, 63, of Pelican Rapids, was seriously injured. Troopers say Kelsey Laugen, 18, of Elk River, was hurt with non-life threatening injuries.According to an agency report, Burrows was traveling North on Highway 59 near 450th Street when she crossed the center line and hit Laugen head on. It happened at about 8:45 Saturday night.
  • Fire In Horace, House Is Total Loss

    Fire In Horace, House Is Total Loss

    Crews were called at 10:10 a.m. to a house fire at7113 Woodland Circle north of Horace. Homeowners were inside at the time, but escaped, and no one was hurt. Crews battled the fire for hours; the home is a total loss. There is no cause at this time, they are still investigating. Firefighters say they had to fight the fire from outside, which makes the battle more difficult. Horace, West Fargo, and Davenport firefighters responded with help from the FM ambulance and the Cass County Sheriff’s D...
    Crews were called at 10:10 a.m. to a house fire at7113 Woodland Circle north of Horace. Homeowners were inside at the time, but escaped, and no one was hurt. Crews battled the fire for hours; the home is a total loss. There is no cause at this time, they are still investigating. Firefighters say they had to fight the fire from outside, which makes the battle more difficult. Horace, West Fargo, and Davenport firefighters responded with help from the FM ambulance and the Cass County Sheriff’s D...
  • Update: Beltrami Fire Ruled Accidental

    Beltrami Business Believed to be Total Loss After Fire

    Beltrami Fire Department says part of a business is destroyed after an early morning fire. Firefighters say they were called out around 1:00 a.m. to a fire at the Beltrami Mall.  Crews say West Central
    The Beltrami Fire Chief says is investigating the cause of the fire and say they believe it started in the shop area. The Safety Director for West Ag believes the entire building is a total loss.
Powered by WorldNow
Powered by 

WorldNowAll content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Valley News Live. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.