By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– Apple Valley resident Dr. Prem Reddy and Dr. Dev GnanaDev announced plans to develop a privately funded, non-profit medical school in Colton to help with the shortage of doctors.
California University of Science and Medicine seeks to receive accreditation in time to welcome its first class in 2016. The university and the medical school are being financed primarily through a $40 million donation from Prime Healthcare Foundation, a non-profit charity founded by Reddy.
“This is a landmark day for our communities in medical education and health care,” said Reddy, who has lived in Apple Valley for 30 years. Congressman Paul Cook, 5th District Supervisor Josie Gonzales and 1st District Supervisor Robert Lovingood were on hand for ceremonies unveiling the planned school across from Arrowhead Regional Medical Center.
“For many years Dr. Reddy has been a tremendously generous philanthropist who has helped the High Desert and San Bernardino County beyond words,” Lovingood said. “This medical school continues Dr. Reddy’s long commitment to the health and well-being of our community.”
The United States faces a shortage of 91,500 primary care and specialist physicians by 2020. San Bernardino County has just one primary care physician per 1,201 people, half the national rate. The projected economic impact of a medical school is $88.2 million in local spending, $49 million in personal spending and 1,655 new jobs created, according to a CBRE study.