U of M asks for $12M academic medical center for Duluth district

U of M asks for $12M academic medical center for Duluth district
Published: Jan. 27, 2022 at 12:11 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 27, 2022 at 11:31 PM CST
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DULUTH, MN-- A new health care facility designed for students to practice medicine could be coming to Duluth.

The University of Minnesota is requesting $12 million from the state legislature for the new academic health center.

According to U of M leaders, the facility would be in the “Duluth Medical District” close to Essentia Health and St. Luke’s, offering opportunities for collaboration with the hospitals.

“The University of Minnesota is committed to expanding our capacity to provide world-class care for Minnesotans in Greater Minnesota,” said University President Joan Gabel. “Through this important partnership, we are amplifying the University’s impact and contribution to communities by creating new space for classrooms, specialty labs, student life and beyond with a goal to make it available by fall 2025.”

“This opportunity is in line with our land-grant mission and our continued commitment to Greater Minnesota and the Duluth region, specifically. We are thankful for the opportunity to discuss how academic medicine, including training and clinical research, can enhance the great care provided to Minnesotans in the region,” said Jakub Tolar, M.D., Ph.D., vice president for clinical affairs at the University of Minnesota and dean of the U of M Medical School.

This proposal is part of the University’s $935.6 million state capital request for the 2022 legislative session.

If approved, the design portion could start as early as this summer.

We’ll have much more on the proposal tonight on the news at 5 and 6 p.m.

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