Second Year Medical Program Nearly Funded In Spokane

Nov 26, 2012

Dreams for a complete medical program in eastern Washington are becoming reality after Spokane’s Riverpoint campus received more than a million dollars from private sector donors. Construction for a medical sciences building is underway, meaning classrooms for a new second year medical program in the Fall.

Credit Photo Credit: WSU Riverpoint Campus Webpage

The sound of construction gives a constant reminder to WSU College of Pharmacy Dean Gary Pollack that a new school program is on the horizon. This month, one-point-one million dollars came in from 11 regional corporate donors for support of a second year medical school program at Spokane’s Riverpoint campus.

According to Dean Pollack, the school is 250-thousand dollars away from reaching their fundraising goal for the program. He called the progress impressive, compared to his past working in academia on the East Coast.

Pollack: “The three projects that I was involved with in North Carolina there wasn’t a single one that was within one year of its target date. And this one currently is maybe two months ahead of schedule.”

Corporate donors include Avista, Providence Health Care, the Kalispell Tribe of Indians, and Asuris Northwest Health.

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