Gov. Perdue Breaks Ground for Campbell Medical School

Raleigh, N.C. -- Gov. Bev Perdue joined members of the Campbell University Board of Trustees and other school officials at a ceremonial groundbreaking today for the University’s new School of Osteopathic Medicine, which will bring new jobs to Harnett County and educate new doctors to help fill the shortage of primary care physicians in North Carolina.

“This event brings together my two top priorities: education and jobs,” Gov. Perdue said. “This school will produce well-trained physicians at a time when, in nearly half our counties, there are more residents who are over the age of 60 than under 17 and that trend is growing. At the same time, the new school will add 100 new jobs to Campbell, Harnett County’s largest employer, for a total economic impact of nearly $300 million dollars.”

Campbell is opening North Carolina’s fifth school of medicine, a $60 million project expected to graduate 150 doctors of osteopathic medicine in the fall of 2013. The medical school received pre-accreditation from the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation in September 2011 and expects to receive provisional accreditation by September 2012.

The primary focus of Campbell’s School of Osteopathic Medicine will be training for primary and family medicine, general surgery, pediatrics, psychiatry, and other critical services, with an emphasis on underserved communities. The school expects to alleviate the growing shortage of primary care physicians being exacerbated by population growth and the aging population.

The 97,000 square foot medical training facility will be completed by summer 2013. The medical school will house Campbell students training to become Osteopathic Physicians, as well as students in Campbell’s Physician Assistant program.