SCRANTON, May 20, 2011 – – State Senator John P. Blake and Pennsylvania Department of Health Secretary Dr. Eli Avila today toured The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC) and discussed the importance of public health initiatives and public health research with medical students and faculty.
“The Commonwealth Medical College is one of the most important assets in the city of Scranton and in Northeastern Pennsylvania,” Blake said. “This first-class medical college is graduating brilliant young doctors that will only continue to improve the quality of health care provided at our hospitals, clinics and medical centers throughout the state.”
Blake and Sec. Avila joined TCMC senior officials for a walking tour of the campus and discussed the needs and goals of the state’s newest medical college with staff and students.
“This Commonwealth has a strong tradition of developing medicine and public health. We are the home of the country’s first medical school and the first medical school for women,” Secretary Avila said. “I am honored to stand at Lackawanna College and at TCMC’s new Medical Sciences Building, meeting first year students as they prepare to aid us in providing quality care for all Pennsylvanians. Together, we can continue to meet the public health needs of our residents and ensure that access to care is available to all.”
TCMC offers both a Medical Degree (MD) program and a Master of Biomedical Sciences (MBS) degree. Over the next 20 years, the medical school expects to add 425 qualified, diverse practicing physicians to Northeastern Pennsylvania. In addition, the medical school is expected to add $70 million to the local economy and create 1,000 new jobs that directly and indirectly support the school’s operations.
“While everyone understands the fiscal strains on Pennsylvania’s state budget, I believe this tour and this discussion with Secretary Avila will prove beneficial for the TCMC,” Blake said. “After witnessing the quality of the facility and the extraordinary value of the research, education and training taking place at TCMC and, of course, after talking with students who are excited about their chosen profession to provide quality medical care, I believe Secretary Avila will understand the importance of the state’s investment in this facility and in its future operations.”
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