Michigan State University College of Human Medicine celebrates opening of new Flint campus

A large group of people wearing suits cut a large green ribbon to open the MSU College of Human Medicine.
Mott, MSU and city officials gathered to dedicate the new campus. Photo ©2014 The Flint Journal. All rights reserved. Used with permission of The Flint Journal.

Michigan State University (MSU) College of Human Medicine unveiled its new medical education and public health research space in downtown Flint, Michigan.

Located in the former Flint Journal building, the medical school anchors a new “Health and Wellness” district in the city’s downtown. The expansion of the program was made possible by more than $11 million in grants from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and the ongoing medical education support by MSU’s hospital partners Genesys Regional Medical Center, Hurley Medical Center and McLaren Flint.

“This is not just a ribbon cutting. It’s a celebration of a deep partnership between the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State and the Flint community and particularly the local hospitals — Genesys, Hurley, McLaren — and others in this community,” said William S. White, Mott Foundation chairman, president and CEO. “It’s built on long, long, long term success.”

MSU occupies approximately 40,000 square feet of the former newspaper building — now owned by Uptown Reinvestment Corporation. More than 20 faculty and staff from the College of Human Medicine have moved into the new space, and it is anticipated that an additional six senior public health investigators and their research teams will be located in the new facility.

“Michigan State is excited to have this opportunity to expand our medical education and research program here with the support of exceptional partners such as the C.S. Mott Foundation and the Flint-area hospitals,” MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon said. “It’s an important chance to conduct in-depth studies of public health problems and develop solutions that can be applied in Flint and in other urban communities.”

MSU’s new research and learning spaces include shared student space, four student study rooms, six clinical skills examination rooms, and offices and workstations for the program in public health.

The historic building, designed by architect Albert Kahn and built in 1924, also features sixteen loft apartments on its third and fourth floors.

Read the Flint Journal/MLive article.