Program provides more than $13m to 10 hospitals in the Tampa Bay area
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (970 WFLA) - Governor Rick Scott highlighted his commitment to graduate medical education through the new statewide residency program at all children’s hospital. For the first time, hospitals are receiving a supplemental payment specifically for graduate medical education which was made possible by the $80 million appropriation recommended by Gov. Scott in the 2013 Florida Families First budget.
According to a news release from Scott’s office, the Gov. Scott said, “In order to grow more opportunities for Florida families to succeed, we must invest in programs that will diversify our economy and create jobs for future generations. That’s why my Florida Families First budget invested $80 million for graduate medical education programs, which helps hospitals expand their residency programs. In the Tampa Bay area alone, this program will invest $13 million to expand residency programs in 10 hospitals, which is great news. This program is the first of its kind to coordinate with hospitals on supporting their medical education programs and will ensure we keep more of our medical school graduates here in the sunshine state.”
Through the new statewide residency program, 10 hospitals in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties will receive more than $13 million of the total $80 million statewide allocation. Funding from the new statewide residency program is available to all hospitals—large and small, urban and rural—so long as they sponsor residents.
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