Numerous business and civic leaders have been invited to a June 30 luncheon, at which time the details will be explained. The invitations were sent out last week by MSSU President Bruce Speck, Freeman CEO Gary Duncan and interim St. John's CEO George Caralis:
Please, accept this letter as an invitation to attend a very important luncheon.
We have been presented with the extraordinary opportunity to establish a medical school in Joplin. During the past several months Missouri Southern State University, St. John's Regional Medical Center, and Freeman Health System have been working together to meet the requirements in the application process for a new medical school.
One of those requirements is to demonstrate community support. Because of your position as a community leader we hope you will support this important project. However, we would not expect you to provide support without learning more about the proposed medical school. We will be hosting a luncheon on the Missouri Southern State University campus, in the library, room #413, June 30, from 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM so that you may meet some of the key players in this project and learn more about this great opportunity.
The new medical school is intended to be a partnership between the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences - College of Osteopathic Medicine and Missouri Southern State University, with support from Freeman Health System and St. John's Regional medical Center. Representatives from both universities as well as the medical community will be present at the luncheon to speak about the project and answer any questions.
If established, this would become the only medical school in the southern half of Missouri. Physicians educated and trained in southern Missouri are much more likely to establish their medical practices in southern Missouri. This project isn't just about MSSU, St. John's, or Freeman. It's about an opportunity to impact health care in our entire region for generations to come.
Thank you, for your time. Please, join us June 30th so that we may share more about this exciting opportunity with you. (RSVP to 417-347-6601 by June 18, 2009.)