TUCSON - The political fight to build a medical campus in Phoenix is not over yet. The state Board of Regents on Tuesday approved a draft outlining details of the expense involved with creating the campus to be shared by the University of Arizona and Arizona State University.
The legislature held off this spring in fully funding the project. Some lawmakers said they wanted to know more specifics about the plan before providing the full $6 million the institutions said they need to start the project this year.
The campus would be housed in the old Phoenix Union High School building, opening its doors to 24 students next year. Eventually it would serve about 560 UA and ASU students. The universities are seeking $230 million in state aid over 20 years to support programs in medicine and biological research, including a field called bioinformatics, a study that uses computers, engineering and life science research to improve medical treatment and studies.
Regents president Robert Bulla said he hopes legislators can set aside politics and back the project, which is aimed at improving health care services in the Phoenix area. The city is one of the largest metropolitan areas in the nation without a medical school. The regents’ draft will be reviewed by legislators in September.