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November 28, 2017

Around the nation: Idaho's first medical school looks set to open in 2018

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    The first medical school built in Idaho, the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine, is on track to open in August 2018, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Georgia, Idaho, and Texas.

    • Georgia: Children's Healthcare of Atlanta has unveiled plans for a $1 billion project designed to replace its Henrietta Egleston Hospital for Children with a larger campus. The new campus, located in North Druid Hills, will include a hospital with 446 beds, more than 20 acres of green space, an energy plant, and funding for road improvements nearby. According to the proposal, Egleston will shift all inpatient operations to the new campus by 2025 (Knowles, Becker's Hospital Review, 11/22).

    • Idaho: The first medical school built in Idaho, the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine, is on track to open in August 2018. The school should receive its official accreditation by the end of 2017, at which point it will be able to start accepting applications for its first graduating class. Robert Hasty, the school's founding dean, said the school should help the state—which ranks 50th in the nation for primary care physicians per capita—address its physician shortage (KTVB/Sacramento Bee, 11/26).

    • Texas: DeTar Healthcare System selected Gary Malaer to serve as CEO, succeeding William Blanchard, who plans to retire at the end of the year. Malaer most recently served as the CEO of Carolinas Hospital System in South Carolina (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 11/22).

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