JOHNSON CITY - East Tennessee State University plans to build a $7 million medical building to add patient care space for the James H. Quillen College of Medicine.
The extra space is needed because of the medical school's growing patient load, Dr. Ronald Franks, ETSU vice president for health affairs and medical dean, said Friday.
The new building will house the ETSU Heart cardiology clinical practice, the ETSU Cancer Center, ophthalmology, other specialties to be named later and probably an urgent care center.
The construction comes despite the state's fiscal crisis, which has forced $7.48 million in 2003-04 budget cuts and layoffs at ETSU.
To fund the project, Franks said, the Medical Education Assistance Corp., the financial entity for medical practice earnings at ETSU, will borrow from the medical school's reserves and repay the debt with interest.
He expected completion and occupancy in two or three years.