The medical school was born through a community collaboration. There are tremendous assets in the Kalamazoo community that provided the necessary building blocks for developing an outstanding medical school. The assets in the community include: a nationally recognized university, nationally recognized hospitals, a 39-year history of medical education, multiple outpatient facilities, a strong base of physicians with patient volume and mix, a century-long heritage of drug discovery and medical device development, a strong base of community philanthropy, and a vibrant, committed and supportive city.
Within the Kalamazoo community, business leaders and local citizens realized that a new medical school would contribute to the national need for physicians and bring benefits to the Kalamazoo community and southwest Michigan. New jobs generate personal income for local residents. Businesses in the wholesale, retail, service and manufacturing sectors benefit from the direct expenditures of the medical school on goods and services. In addition, businesses are recipients of spending by staff, medical students and their visitors. And, the investment of $68 million to renovate and expand the medical school building in downtown Kalamazoo means the medical school will have an immediate impact on the community.
The medical school continues to build on strong foundations in education, patient-centered care, and research by creating and maintaining strong partnerships with community physicians and our hospital partners, Borgess Health and Bronson Healthcare. Every day, in numerous ways, members of the medical school are engaged in improving the lives of our patients and their families.