Medical School Could Help Boost The Local Economy

By: Jeff Allen Email
By: Jeff Allen Email

It's the root of what some are calling an economic boost for one southeastern Kentucky town.

The Lincoln Memorial University Medical School just opened it's doors last month and nearby Middlesboro could already be reaping the benefits of the school.

Over two hundred doctors and medical students are settling into class work at LMU in Harrogate, Tennessee.

It's easy to see how they're already making an impact just across the border in southeast Kentucky.

The first class of Lincoln Memorial University's new medical school is already hard at work.

Many of the students have found homes in nearby Middlesboro.

Originally from Virginia, Victoria Sharp chose LMU for medical school and Middlesboro to buy a home.

She knows others who have done the same.

“I know some people who are renting apartments and houses,” Sharp said.

More than the economy, southeastern Kentucky residents could see healthcare improve.

“A group of the best and brightest in our country is right here. Many will serve many of the underserved areas,” Bob Corker said.

People might not have to wait until the new doctors set up their practices to see health benefits from the new medical school.

It's planning health clinics for the public for as early as this fall.


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  • by Crystal Location: KY on Sep 14, 2007 at 12:33 PM
    This area needed this greatly. It is a wonderful addition to the region. This is such a beautiful area of the KY/TN border. Congratulations to all residents in the area and the prosperous benefits you will receive!
  • by Jim Location: London on Sep 14, 2007 at 05:51 AM
    The development and implementation of an Osteopathic Medical School located within the region is a great and wonderful event. The impact upon the regional economy with the creation of high wage professional jobs and enhanced access to medical serices will be incredible. Kudos to LMU for the bold leadership, this is exactly what the people of the Appalachian region need and deserve, creative, dynamic individuals to lead us toward better health, more wealth, and prosperity!

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