BILOXI, Miss. (WTVA) -- Expanding the University of Mississippi School of Medicine and adding 1,000 physicians to the state’s workforce are part of Gov. Phil Bryant's vision for strengthening Mississippi’s economy by investing in health care.
During a three-stop tour today where he outlined his vision for growing the state’s health care economy and unveiled the findings of a new Blueprint Mississippi health care study, Bryant announced a funding award toward the expansion of the University of Mississippi School of Medicine.
Bryant wants the doctors who graduate in Mississippi to remain in Mississippi and earlier this year signed a measure to increase the number of medical residency programs in the state.
Bryant is encouraging new development in the state’s larger medical regions through the Mississippi Health Care Industry Zone Act.
The legislation, part of Bryant’s ‘Mississippi Works’ agenda, became law this year and provides incentives to certain health care-related businesses that locate in a certified health care zone.
From 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Gov. Bryant will be at the Summit Center located at 852 North Gloster Street in Tupelo and from 3:30-5 p.m., he will conclude the tour at the Hilton located at 1001 East County Line Road in Jackson.
WTVA's Susan Parker will be at the meeting in Tupelo. You can get updates by following her on Twitter, @susanwtva.