$14 Million Donated to Planned Chaffee Medical School

$14 million has been donated to a planned medical school at Chaffee Crossing, according to Ivy Owen, who is the Executive Director for the Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority.

The donation was anonymous and was announced Thursday (May 22) at the Chaffee Crossing board meeting, Owen said.

The Fort Smith Regional Healthcare Foundation announced it’s  plans to build the new medical center at Chaffee Crossing this past February.

The proposed school will be able to teach approximately 150 students and is designed to be a 60,000 square foot building, according to plans released earlier this year.

It will employ 65 people and create jobs with an average salary of more than $100,000.

For more on the planned medical center, click here.

8 comments

  • Common Sense

    Something smells fishy about this…

    Who would donate $15M and would want to remain anonymous? I do believe in altruistic motivations, yet it begs one to ask why a medical school and furthermore, why fort smith?

    What would this donor stand to gain by building a medical school here? Is this contributor a lone individual, a family, or perhaps a corporation that would have negative light shined on it if the donor name was released?

    There are motivations and I’d like to know what those motivations are…

    THIS is what I would like to know.

  • RegulationNation

    Who cares who donated it and for what reason? It’s their money and they should be able to do with it as they please while also remaining anonymous for whatever reason they may have, if any.

  • Annoyed by the paranoids

    It may be an individual, corporation, or some other organization, and the reasons for remaining anonymous would vary accordingly. Maybe they are humble and dislike the spotlight. Maybe they don’t want to be flooded with requests for donations to other projects after having their name and amount of donation publicized. Maybe it would appear to those close to them as a betrayal that they chose to donate their money here instead of elsewhere.

    It is difficult to recruit professionals whose earning potential is so much more elsewhere (like where they had to live while attending med school). Note how many come to the U.S. from other countries to become doctors, but they don’t return home to care for their fellow countrymen because there’s no money there. We don’t make them because we have a shortage of doctors here. So, cities with medical schools, have attracted and trained highly intelligent people provide care, while the talent has been drained from the countries and U.S. regions that don’t have medical schools. This school will help this region in too many ways to count.

    One final thought: I bet if you or someone you love is dying, you’re not checking visas. You want the best doctor, not the whitest one.

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