Progress Made on Academic Medical Center
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 1, 2005

Diana Paul
Public Information Officer
City of Las Vegas
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Michele McKenney
President of Diversified Services
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
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Daniel Klaich
Vice Chancellor of Legal Affiars
Nevada System of Higher Education
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Progress Made On Academic Medical Center

City of Las Vegas, Nevada System of Higher Education, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Officials Identify Priorities

During a joint meeting today among officials of the city of Las Vegas, the Nevada System of Higher Education and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, the parties solidified a partnership with the common goal of creating an academic medical center in Las Vegas.

The academic medical center would focus on research, training and clinical work. The officials at the meeting agreed that the academic medical center would be a community-based and owned asset.

The group agreed to develop a master plan by year’s end between the city of Las Vegas and the Nevada System of Higher Education. The components would include a space and site plan for an academic medical center. Nevada Higher Education System Chancellor James E. Rogers stressed that the planning would include not only enhanced facilities for the University of Nevada School of Medicine, but also for health related disciplines within the System, including the UNLV School of Dentistry and other System-wide health related programs.
The parties also agreed to develop an agreement for the management of an academic medical center with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. The agreement would include operating responsibilities and funding avenues.

The officials agreed that the development of an academic medical center would include a significant investment by all parties. Until the master plans are completed, it is premature to discuss specific costs associated with the project.

“These meetings were very productive and give us a path to follow over the next several months that will get us all closer to our dream of having an academic medical center for our citizens,” said Las Vegas Mayor Oscar B. Goodman.

Rogers added, “Our goal is to develop a first class medical facility that will match the explosive growth of the state. This center will benefit all Nevadans through enhanced medical care, improved research and a significant expansion of the School of Medicine. The academic medical center will be an equal partnership between all parties with the terms and forms of contributions to be worked out in negotiations based on today’s broad agreements.”

Michele McKenney with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center added, “We are glad that the planning process has begun to develop an academic medical center in the city of Las Vegas. We are excited about the opportunity to bring an academic medical center, in partnership with the University System, to Las Vegas.”