Regional Health Partnership Announces New Center
McKinstry to design and construct $60 million ‘leap forward’ for medical education, health sciences and innovation
Spokane is getting a new center for medical education, health sciences and innovation, with the announcement today of an 80,000-square-foot building at 840 E. Spokane Falls Blvd. that will serve as the new home for the University of Washington School of Medicine-Gonzaga University Regional Health Partnership (RHP).
McKinstry will develop, design, build, and manage the four-story facility for use by the University of Washington and Gonzaga University. The universities have each made the commitment to enter into long-term lease agreements for use of space in the facility. Estimated at $60 million, the privately funded project leverages and expands the public-private partnership to reduce risk, expedite completion and save taxpayers money.
The planned facility fulfills a key component of the 2016 agreement creating the Partnership and the institutions’ shared mission to continue, enhance and expand medical education and research in Spokane. The partners originally committed to explore new facilities to educate and train health care professionals to serve patients across the state of Washington and beyond.
– September 9, 2019 | Gonzaga News Service
The partnership: A shared commitment for the greater good
The Regional Health Partnership is expanding and enhancing top-ranked medical education in Spokane to improve the health and vitality of our region.
The increasing demand for physicians, coupled with dynamic changes in healthcare, underscores the timely need to find solutions that are cost efficient and leverage resources. Gonzaga University is the first private institution to join the UW School of Medicine WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho) program as a full partner. Working together, we are advancing a new model of institutional collaboration to benefit our students and the communities we serve.
WWAMI is an unparalleled regional medical education program spanning five states and was created to serve rural under-served populations. The program gives students residing in this five-state region access to high-quality, cost-effective medical education by decentralizing the educational process and sharing existing facilities and personnel in universities and communities in the WWAMI states. Support of WWAMI in Spokane by the State of Washington allows 60 qualified students to be admitted to the program each year.
The UWSOM-GU Regional Health Partnership is a medical school program, not a premedical program. Students are enrolled in the UW School of Medicine, and complete their Foundations Phase (the first 18 months) of medical school in Spokane. The Foundations Phase integrates basic science and clinical education, as well as rural training early in the curriculum. It is taught by Clinical Skills Instructors and Foundations Guides, both on the Gonzaga campus and in the community.
The WWAMI Medical Education Program, including the UWSOM-GU Regional Health Partnership, strives to attain two main goals: to make public medical education accessible to residents throughout the five states, and to encourage graduates to choose careers in primary care and family medicine and ultimately locate their practices in non-metropolitan areas of the northwestern U.S. Many of these areas lack an adequate number of primary care physicians and access to healthcare in general. Additionally, the program encourages talented students, especially minority students, in the WWAMI states to enter the field of medicine.