LAS VEGAS, NV - November 26, 2019
Today, Governor Steve Sisolak held a press conference with local and state elected officials and community leaders to announce that donors have agreed to renew their commitment to funding the construction of a state-of-the-art facility for the UNLV School of Medicine.
After months of meetings and discussion, multiple parties have reached an historic agreement to construct a building for the UNLV School of Medicine, which will result in transformative impacts for UNLV, Southern Nevada, and our entire state.
“This agreement is a monumental step forward in ensuring that UNLV will have a state-of-the-art medical school that will save taxpayer money, raise the quality of health care, and help us combat Nevada’s critical doctor shortage in the face of rapid population growth,” Governor Steve Sisolak said. “This announcement marks a turning point for Nevada in creating a culture of philanthropy that will encourage other individuals and families to contribute to projects and causes that will have positive outcomes for our state.”
The agreement will also provide that the workers who construct the new medical school will be paid prevailing wage. This guarantees that medical students will be learning in a well-constructed, high quality educational facility.
During the press conference, the Governor thanked the many parties who came together to make this agreement a reality, including the following: donors Kris McGarry from the Engelstad Foundation and Lindy Schumacher from the Lincy Foundation; Maureen Schafer and the Council for a Better Nevada; NSHE Chancellor Thom Reilly and Dr. Jason Geddes, Chairman of the Board of Regents; Clark County Commission Chair Marilyn Kirkpatrick; Commissioner and Chair of UMC Lawrence Weekly; Speaker Jason Frierson and Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro; UNLV President Marta Meana; UNLV Medical School Interim Dean Dr. John Fildes; Dr. Barbara Atkinson; and all the Medical School faculty and students who are in the classroom striving to create a healthier and stronger Nevada.