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MSU, MU Leaders Vow to Expand Health Care Training in SW Missouri

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Gov. Nixon joined the leaders of two Missouri universities Monday in signing a resolution on projects to train health care professionals in southwest Missouri.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Gov. Nixon joined the leaders of two Missouri universities Monday in signing a resolution on projects to train health care professionals in southwest Missouri.

Missouri State University President Clif Smart and Missouri Chancellor Brady Deaton signed a resolution pledging to work together with health care providers Mercy Springfield and CoxHealth.

Gov. Nixon says $11,325,000 in funding for the new programs could safely move forward if his veto of House Bill 253 is sustained by the General Assembly. A veto session is planned for Wednesday.

The Democrat says there is potential for a $1.2 billion hit to the state budget if that bill becomes law.

"These programs will help us meet the challenges posed by the shortage of health care professionals that is especially acute in southwest Missouri," Gov. Nixon said in Springfield.

With the help of $10 million in funding, the University of Missouri School of Medicine is partnering with CoxHealth and Mercy Springfield in a joint agreement to increase the medical student class size at the school and to create a clinical campus in Springfield in a public-private partnership.

The remaining funding will help Missouri State University establish an occupational therapy program at its Springfield campus, and expand its nursing and allied health programs at Missouri State University - West Plains.
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