State awards grant to Penn State's Hershey Campus
Ben Allen, Morning Edition Host | 10.21.13
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Penn State's four-year-old Park Regional Campus in Hershey is getting its first major grant.
The state is sending two-and-a-half million dollars to the College of Medicine and Medical Center.
Dr. Harold Paz, dean of the College of Medicine, says the fundings will help keep tuition at competitive rates and encourage students to stay in the commonwealth to practice medicine.
He says the money comes at a critical time, just as reimbursement rates are falling and other funding disappearing.
"We'll have less of an ability to transfer funds from our clinical operation over to support the college of medicine, and that support has been invaluable over the past number of years. And certainly research funding has been very challenging over the past several years."
Paz says the grant is very important because it will help maintain the school's high quality programs without requiring a tuition hike.
He notes the school aims to improve the quality and access to health care in central Pennsylvania.