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MSU College of Human Medicine debuts expansion in Downtown Flint

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine held a ribbon-cutting ceremony November 14, 2014 to unveil its new medical education and public health research space in the historic Flint Journal building.

The event celebrated MSU’s expansion in downtown Flint, including additional medical students in Flint’s hospitals and the launch of the college’s public health research and programs. The medical school’s expansion was made possible by more than $11 million in grants from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and the ongoing medical education support by MSU’s hospital partners Genesys Regional Medical Center, Hurley Medical Center and McLaren Flint.

“Michigan State is excited to have this opportunity to expand our medical education and research program here with the support of exceptional partners such as the C.S. Mott Foundation and the Flint-area hospitals,” MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon said. “It’s an important chance to conduct in-depth studies of public health problems and develop solutions that can be applied in Flint and in other urban communities."

President Simon was joined in the ceremonial ribbon-cutting by Marsha D. Rappley, dean, MSU College of Human Medicine; Aron Sousa, senior associate dean for academic affairs, MSU College of Human Medicine; William White, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation; Neal Hegarty, Charles Stewart Mott foundation; Ridgway White, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and Uptown Reinvestment Corp.; Tim Herman, Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce; Ron Haase, Genesys Health System; Jason White, McLaren Flint; and Melanie Gavulic, Hurley Medical Center.

MSU occupies approximately 40,000 square feet of the former Flint Journal building – now owned by Uptown Reinvestment Corporation, a Mott grantee that is leading the charge in Flint’s ongoing revitalization. Over the next six months, more than 20 faculty and staff from the college are moving into the new space, with room for additional people planned.

“Our public health research component will build on the superb medical education and outstanding health care provided by Genesys, Hurley and McLaren,” said Dean Rappley. “We have already recruited two senior public health investigators whose research complements the wellness initiatives underway at our Flint hospitals and health organizations.”

MSU’s new research and learning spaces include shared student space, four student study rooms, six clinical skills examination rooms, the college’s Flint campus suite, offices for the program in public health and workstations to house six public health principal investigators and their research teams.

Watch the ribbon cutting event (program begins at 01:01:05)

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