Worcester's UMass Medical School announced yesterday that it is opening its first-ever satellite location in Springfield in a partnership with Baystate Health.
The new facility will be the permanent home for UMMS-Baystate, the newly created regional campus of UMMS. The campus will serve up to 25 students -- out of the 162-student class of 2021 -- in a new, specialized track of study focused on population-based urban and rural community health, or PURCH. These students will become experts in the needs of these urban and rural communities.
These students will complete their basic courses at the Worcester campus, while completing clinical requirements at the UMMS-Baystate Health campus in Springfield, according to UMass Medical.
To serve these students, new classrooms are being constructed at 3601 Main St. in Springfield. When completed, the 6,300-square- foot facility will be exclusively used by UMMS-Baystate students.
Based in western Massachusetts, Baystate Health is a not-for- profit health care organization serving over 750,000 people.