Officials say a proposal to create a branch campus of the UNC School of Medicine in Western North Carolina could bring more doctors, jobs and newcomers to the region.
Mission Health and Hospitals, the Mountain Area Health Education Center and the Western North Carolina Health Network submitted a proposal for the medical branch campus.
A similar branch campus proposal has also been submitted by Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. The medical school is considering the proposals along with increasing enrollment at Chapel Hill.
The proposals must go before the UNC Board of Governors and the General Assembly.
Center president Teck Penland says the regional campus would train 20 third- and fourth-year medical students a year.
It would open September 2011 and would cost an estimated 30 million dollars initially and 10 million dollars annually to operate.