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Le Moyne College Awarded more than $1 Million for Expansion of Physician Assistant Program

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … Le Moyne College has been awarded $1,056,000 by the Health and Human Services Administration (HHS) to use toward expansion of its physician assistant program. The monies are being distributed under the Prevention and Public Health Fund of the Affordable Care Act.

“Chronic diseases, most of which are preventable, are one of the main reasons health care costs have soared over the past several decades,” said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. “Investing in our primary care workforce will strengthen the role that wellness and prevention play in our health care system.” With these grants, Americans from all backgrounds will have new opportunities to enter the health care workforce.”

The Expansion of Physician Assistant Training (EPAT) program will fund 28 primary care physician assistant training programs across the United States for five years. The program funds student stipends of $22,000 per student per year for two years. It is projected that more than 700 physician assistants will receive funding through the program with more than 600 fully trained by 2015.

“These funds, in addition to the $495,000 equipment and technology grant previously received from HHS, along with the construction now underway on Le Moyne’s new $20 million science facility, help to position the College at the forefront of physician assistant programs nationwide,” said Mary Springston, director of the physician assistant program. “With these student stipends, we will be able to offer new opportunities to people looking to enter the health care field, and that is immensely exciting and gratifying to us at Le Moyne.”

The HHS awards to New York state total more than $32.4 million. A complete list of Prevention and Public Health Fund workforce grant award tables by state is available at http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2010pres/09b/state_charts.html


posted on: 9/30/2010