Med Center: A Coming Big Industry
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The Shreveport Times Farm News Sunday, April 5. 1970 Classified Ads Area News Metropolitan News Oil and Gas Section C, Page One 700 Full-Time Employes in 1979 Med Center: A Coming Big Industry By Margaret Martin Times Medical Writer Projections show that job expenditures, manpower, and construction of the new Louisiana State University Medical Center in Shreveport will be a major factor in the city's economy when the school is in full force in 1979. The school is presently housed at the Veterans Administration Hospital and has 32 students. Figures released by Robert Graves, medical school business manager, show that the school's eventual payroll and. staff of employes will be comparable to a major industry coming into town. When it is operating at full strength in the 1979-80 fiscal year, the school will have over 700 fulltime employes and a budget of $13 million. This includes 210 faculty members and 1500 staff members for a total of 710 fulltime employes. In addition there will |be 300 part-time employes who will not be paid. The budget will be $9,750,000 for payroll and $4,250,000 for other expenses for a tolal of $13 million. The medical school also plans construc-tion of an initial $30.5 million plant expected to be ready by 1974, and a c o m p l e t e medical center costing $148,445,000, scheduled to be ready in 15 years. The personnel figures do not include the 500 medical school students and their families who will be attending the school said C. J. Libbey, head of the Shreveport Chamber of Commerce's Research De-partment. Libbey said these students would be paying rent and buying food, gasoline and other commodities. The full-time employes on the payroll now are 57 faculty members and 43 other staff members for a total of 100 employes. The payroll budget for 1969-70 is $957,000, while other expenses are $1,020,000 for a total of $1,977,000. Predicted for the 1975-76 is a budget of $6,642,000, including $5,013,000 for payroll purposes for the 260 fulltime employes and $1,269,000 for other expenses. Included on the payroll in that year are 110 faculty members and 150 staff members. As is true with many large industries, much of the full-time faculty will be recruited and brought into the Shreveport area, whereas the part-time faculty will be members of the local medical profession or allied fields. Graves said that "while the total number of employes of the medical center will not approach the total number. of employes of many large industries located in Shreveport, it is significant that this school will bring into Shreveport in excess of 200 medical doctors and Ph.d's, whose average annual salary in today's dollars will be around $23,000. The impact of this particular group in the civic and cultural life of Shreveport should also be very significant." In terms of "industry," what does the LSU School of Medicine mean to Shreveport? Each 100 new. jobs created means 359 more persons in Shreveport according to figures of the U.S. Chamber of Com-merce. The $30.5 million Louisiana State University Medical 'School at Shreveport will be constructed between Confederate Memorial Medical Center and the Con-federate Nursing School. The second building from right is the basic science and clinical building, while the building in the foreground is the comprehen-sive car,« teaching facility. Associated Medical School Architects are in charge of the building design. (Times Photo by Terry Vaughan) It also means 91 more school children per 100 persons and $710,000 more personal income in the city per 100, based on an average income of $7,100. It means $229,000 more bank deposits and 107 more passenger cars for every 100 persons. There will be 174 more workers employed; three more retail establish-ments and $331,000 more retail sales a year for each 100 persons. Libbey said professional workers at the medical school "will be making and spending more money than the average industrial worker." In his report, Graves said the budget figures include, "in addition to state appropriations, self-generated revenues, gifts and grants. "It is estimated that by 1980 with a $13 million budget at least 50 per cent of this will come from nonstate sources. ". . . Up.until that time it will be necessary that we receive a major portion of our funds from the state since we will be in a developing situation. Once the school is developed and research and training funds are secured from the federal government as well as other sources, the proportion of the total Louisiana contributes will approximate 50 percent of the total budget," he said. . "While it is estimated that the total fulltime staff in 1980 will 'be approximate-ly 700, it should be noted that there will be an estimated .additional 300 part-time faculty members. "As a rule, the fulltime faculty will be recruited and brought into the Shreveport area whereas most of the part-time faculty will be members of the local medical profession." Caddo Rep. P. J. Mills discussed the . potential of the school with several groups this week. He considers it "big industry for the community," while Medical Center Chan-cellor Dr. William Stewart called it a "huge business, which will attract people to Shreveport." Mills said that through the medical school the latest medical advances will be available to the community. He said "The association of the medical school will make invaluable contributions to the growth and develop-ment of all phases of community life, including the social and cultural aspects." When any industry comes into an area the legislator said, "we look at the payroll and the effect of the economy at full production." The school Is also expected to have an effect on Confederate Memorial Medical Center. The $30.5 million LSU facility will be constructed on the grounds of Confeder-ate. And, there is a possibility that within the next four or five years, "all of the state hospitals except Confederate and Charity in New Orleans will become university hospitals," according to the grant application for federal funds. "In this event, Confederate will become the property of LSU. The governor, the director of the State Department of hospitals and the chairman of the board of Confederate Memorial favor such a transition, which may well begin with the transfer of Confederate to LSU," the .document said. Although the grant has been approved for the 11-story school, the grant has not been funded, said Dr. Marion Hargrove, assistant dean in charge of clinical | sciences. He said, "If we were funded tomorrow, we could award the contract early next spring and break ground a couple of months after that." He said the completion date "is expected to be 1374." The National Advisory Council on Education for Health Professions, part of the Public Health Services, has given the okay on the funds for the school, but Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare Robert Finch has to approve them. The complex will be a $30.5 million facility. The state has already earmarked $10 million for the school. The basic science and clinical building will be constructed between Confederate and the Confederate Nursing School building and will be the first phase in the development of a major medical center, according to the grant application. This building will be the first of several permanent structures in which the principal mission of the school, teaching of medical students will be undertaken, said the grant application. "It will contain the classrooms, laboratories, offices and library necessary to complement the clinical facilities which are already available. Its construction will result in a medical complex suited for effective teaching at undergraduate, post-graduate and graduate levels, productive research and patient care of high quality, it added. , The comprehensive .care . teaching, facility will be Built as a free-standing building immediately north of the main medical school building. According to the application, the two buildings are separate to avoid patient traffic in the main medical school building. "Although designed as a teaching unit, it will provide comprehensive health care, not previously available to a considerable number of low income persons and families. Hopefully, it will be a model which may be emulated elsewhere," it added. The medical school also owns the Linwood Apartment Complex and the Stonewall Missile Site. The total number of teaching beds available to the new .school in its two teaching hospitals—- Confederate and the Veterans Administration Hospital — is 1,323. Associated Medical School Architects are in charge of the building design. The group is made up of Samuel G. Wiener & Associates, Wilson &:Sandifer and William B. Wiener, Morgan O'Neal.
|Title||Med Center: A Coming Big Industry|
Vaughan, Terry R.
Louisiana State University Medical Center (Shreveport, La.)
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