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WSU President Elson S. Floyd’s perspectives – must read

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As we have been reporting all week, both the Senate and the House have passed companion bills that will change a 1917 law limiting the delivery of medical education in the state of Washington. President Floyd penned these observations about the votes and demonstrates his gratitude for the bi-partisan support both the bills have garnered. Note that the President does shares we have much to do – all of us. And, we make it easy – just click here and use your ‘Take Action’ button to lend your voice in support of the President and his call to improve the lives of all Washingtonians by providing better access to health care.

Perspectives – Washington State University President Elson S. Floyd, PhD

Washington State University’s pursuit of an independently accredited medical school passed two major milestones in the past 36 hours. The Washington House of Representatives Monday night voted 81-17 to change a 1917 law limiting the delivery of medical education to the University of Washington. The Washington State Senate followed suit Tuesday morning with a 45 – 4 vote. The bills are identical, and one of them must be approved by the opposite chamber to be sent to the governor’s office.

What was most heartening about both votes was the passion and deep understanding of the importance of a second state-supported medical school in our state by those legislators supporting it. One after another, in both chambers, they spoke about the critical need for more doctors in the communities they represent. They spoke about the lack of opportunity for Washington residents who want a medical degree, but must go out of state to pursue it. They spoke about the incredible economic development engine a second medical school will be in terms of attracting new research dollars to the state.

We absolutely could not have made this much progress without the committed leadership of the co-sponsors of the bill, Sen. Michael Baumgartner and Rep. Marcus Riccelli, both of Spokane. They have been articulate and energetic advocates for the bill and have generated incredible bi-partisan support from every corner of the state. I am deeply grateful for their work on our behalf.

Besides gaining the final passage of the policy bill, there is work to do in the budget arena. WSU is requesting $2.5 million to begin the accreditation process for the new medical school. We welcome the opportunity to work through that and other issues with the goal of improving the lives of all Washingtonians with better access to health care.

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