Lawmaker says UC Riverside School of Medicine hospital is ‘extremely critical’ – Press Enterprise

Since starting UC Riverside School of Medicine in 2013 with a dream of expanding access to health care in the underserved Inland Empire, the university has built on Partnerships with area hospitals To provide practical training.

“They call it a hospital without walls,” said Senator Richard Roth, D-Riverside.

Roth said this arrangement wouldn’t last much longer.

The UCLA School of Medicine’s student population is expected to swell to 500 over the next few years with the construction of a building Five floors, 90,000 square feet It houses lecture rooms, classrooms, problem-based learning rooms, study areas and offices. Iqbal Petalwala, a spokesperson for the University of British Columbia, Iqbal Petalwala, wrote in an email that began in October, and workflow on construction of the medical school’s second teaching building is on track to be completed by the summer of 2023.

At the same time, Roth said, there are looming threats to opportunities to train medical students in inpatient hospitals.

In light of these trends, the UCSD School of Medicine needs its own teaching hospital, which will cost about $300 million to build, he said.

Roth lobbied his colleagues in the just-completed legislative session to allow a UCR hospital—somewhere in Riverside County, not necessarily on campus or even in Riverside City—by agreeing Senate Bill 1199. The bill, which he co-sponsored with Senator Rosellessi Ochoa Pugh, Republican Yucaipa, passed easily through the Senate, 39-0, in late May.

But Roth said he halted the bill after learning it did not have the support of the president of the University of California.

“It’s hard to ask for $300 million without the foundation’s support,” he said.

Ryan King, a spokesperson for the president’s office at the University of California, said via email Friday, September 9 that the office has not taken a position on SB 1199.

“We recognize the strong community desire to establish an educational facility in Riverside,” King wrote, noting that $10 million was allocated in the state budget last year to begin planning for UCR Hospital.

“UCLA agrees that the additional investment is vital to providing care to those in this medically underserved region,” King wrote. “UCR Health’s clinical services and on-campus medical training program are important resources for the community, and more capacity is needed to care and train the next generation of physicians.”

Roth did not give up and said he would try again in 2023 to pass legislation to start construction.

“I’m convinced the governor will take another look next year and hopefully we can secure some money,” said Kenneth Roth. He understands that we are a disadvantaged region. I look forward to working with him next year.”

UCR officials declined to discuss Roth’s bill or hospital plans.

In 2019, Ruth and members of the association Jose Medina And the Sabrina Cervantesand both D-Riverside, helped snatch $100 million for the second medical education building rising on the Riverside campus.

In a statement Friday, Dr. Deborah Dias, Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences and Mark and Pam Rubin Dean of the School of Medicine, said the school is grateful for the support of lawmakers and looks forward to “continuing to work together as we grow to better serve the needs of our medical students.”

The five-story education building is expected to be the largest expansion since the medical school was established nine years ago. Petalwala wrote that with the existing facilities, the school can accommodate 80 students per class, and the new building will enable classrooms from 45 to 125 students. With 125 in each class, the program can grow to 500 students overall.

Roth said the growth will put pressure on the university to provide enough opportunities in area hospitals for training. This pressure comes as some hospitals that have partnered with the university are creating their own residency programs, reducing the number of residencies available to UCSD students, he said.

Most of the residencies sponsored by UCSF, Roth said, are provided through Saint Bernardine Medical Center in San Bernardino, part of the Catholic group Dignity Health. University of California system Policy in July 2021 He prevents medical schools in the UCSD system from partnering with hospitals that restrict certain health services available to women and LGBTQ patients, and as a result, he said, the future of the Saint Bernardine partnership is likely at risk.

“We believe we are fully compliant with the UC Regents policy that has been passed,” Kristina Zecklin, a spokeswoman for Dignity Health’s Southern California Hospitals in Glendale, said via email Friday.

Zicklin said the St. Bernardine residency program has been associated with UCR for more than six years.

“We are very proud of both our program and the strong partnership with UCR,” she wrote.

Petalwala writes that since the inception of the UCSD School of Medicine, the university has issued medical certificates to 328 students, including 40 students in the inaugural graduation class of 2017 and 69 in the final class.

Petalwala said there are 137 medical school-sponsored resident and fellowship trainees working in family medicine, internal medicine, cardiology, critical care medicine, gastroenterology, psychiatry and addiction medicine. He wrote that approximately 100 of these students train primarily at St. Bernardine Medical Center, while also doing some training at other affiliated hospitals such as Riverside University Health System Medical Center and UCR Health Clinics.

Roth said having its own hospital would not only give the university control over residency programs but would also enable the university to make money to fund medical school programs.

Without a hospital, he said, “this school may face some serious challenges in the future. The need is very dire.”

It’s also time to give UCR the tools that other UCLA campuses have with medical institutions, Roth said.

“No other UCSD medical school operates without a teaching university hospital,” he said.

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