SHSU Considers Options For Health Sciences Campus
Today@Sam details the possibility of SHSU "exploring the development of a Health Sciences Campus in Montgomery County":
“The campus will be the site of an integrated academic facility to house those programs which will be dedicated to the education of primary health care and population health professionals,” [SHSU President Dana G. Hoyt] said.
“As the population of Montgomery County is projected to increase dramatically in the near future, and the health programs at Sam Houston State University have grown to meet the workforce demands of the state and area, we feel that the timing is right and that we will be offering the programs in a strategic way to benefit the region we serve,” she said.
To move forward, the university will need all necessary approvals from the Texas State University System Board of Regents and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Construction of a facility is contingent upon the university having all funding in place, which is expected to come from private sources and community partnerships.
Portions of the Montgomery/North Harris Counties have been designated a medically-underserved areas. According to recent data, the region will need more than 5,700 primary care physicians and 15,000 nurses by 2025.
No time designation has been identified for the completion of the project.