The University of Arizona’s new medical campus in Phoenix has yet to be remodeled, but the school is starting to fill administrative positions.
Beth Schermer, a Phoenix attorney working in health care law for 25 years, was tapped Tuesday to become a temporary vice dean for administration.
Schermer will focus on building rapport with stakeholders, such as hospitals, health care organizations, local governments and industry.
Schermer has been a partner with Coppersmith, Gordon, Schermer, Owens & Nelson PLC since 1998. She will take a one-year leave.
The medical campus is a joint project among UA, Arizona State University and the Translational Genomics Research Institute. Valley hospitals also are involved.
The campus will be at the old Phoenix Union High School at Van Buren and Seventh streets. It will fill a need for medical care and research in Phoenix, one of the largest metropolitan areas in the country without a medical school. The first group of 24 medical students is due to enroll next year.
The Legislature this spring agreed to provide nearly $7 million for the project’s first year, as long as leaders of the project submitted a draft detailing plans for the campus and its estimated expenses.
That draft was approved by the Arizona Board of Regents earlier this month and is under legislative review.