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Donors pledge $155M for new UNLV medical building

Posted at 9:45 PM, Nov 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-27 01:06:39-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Plans for a new state-of-the-art facility for the UNLV School of Medicine are right on track, according to the governor.

Gov. Steve Sisolak says donors have agreed to renew their commitment to fund construction for the project, and that several individuals have pledged $155 million to get it rolling.

Gov. Sisolak says the money is a game changer.

"This makes it possible to have a world-class facility for these students to learn in," Gov. Sisolak said. "And ultimately it's going to change the game, it's going to change the way medicine is practiced."

Right now, the medical school has 180 students.

A founding dean of the school says the goal is to increase enrollment and try to get graduates to stay in Nevada to address a statewide doctor shortage.