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State funding budgeted for proposed medical school

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. – $10 million in funding has been budgeted to support Meritus’ proposed medical school from the state of Maryland following Governor Larry Hogan’s budget recommendations for FY24.

"We are grateful for Governor Hogan’s visionary leadership in advancing health and healthcare in Maryland. The proposed Meritus Medical School will be a game changer for access to care for everyone in underserved rural Maryland and in communities like us across America. This tremendous support will make an impact on health for generations to come,” said Maulik Joshi, Dr.P.H., president and CEO.

In early July, Meritus announced plans to officially move forward with the accreditation and licensure process to open a medical school in Hagerstown. Joshi said the proposed school will reduce the growing physician shortage in the region, state and nation, while providing local opportunities for tertiary medical education. As of right now, Washington County has a current physician shortage of 52, and one out of every three physicians in Maryland is over the age of 60.

During a televised press conference today, at the state house in Annapolis, Governor Hogan announced the budgeted funding.

“We have included 220 million dollar in comprehensive and transformative healthcare investments to further improve access to quality care in vulnerable and rural communities,” Hogan said during the event. He listed several organizations he’s budgeted funding for, including Meritus. “To advance Meritus Health’s new school of osteopathic medicine in Hagerstown, which will educate and prepare the next generation of physicians to serve patients and help improve access to quality care in western Maryland, this budget includes 10 million dollars,” Hogan said.

The final budget will be submitted by the incoming administration to the Maryland General Assembly on January 20, 2023.