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Riverpoint Medical School would be economic dynamo

A four-year medical school in Spokane would support more than 9,000 new jobs by 2030, and generate $1.6 billion in new economic activity, a new study says.

Entitled “America’s Next Great Academic Health Center,” the report and its co-authors say the doctors and medical research produced at a Riverpoint medical campus would also improve health care throughout Eastern Washington, especially small communities under-served today.

“What this region needs is doctors seeing patients,” said Paul Umbach, a senior principal of Pittsburgh-based TrippUmbach.

The consulting firm’s study, sponsored by 17 public and private entities, was unveiled to community leaders this morning.