West Reading, Pa. – Tower Health and Drexel University have announced plans to jointly develop a branch medical school campus of Drexel University College of Medicine in West Reading near the campus of Reading Hospital, subject to the appropriate accreditation approvals. It is expected that upon approval of the regional accreditor, the branch campus will be operational for the 2020-2021 school year.
“The affiliation between Tower Health and Drexel University to develop a branch medical school campus in West Reading leverages the outstanding reputation of Drexel University’s medical school, and Tower Health’s proven clinical quality of care as a provider and payer,” said Clint Matthews, President and Chief Executive Officer, Tower Health. “This innovative collaboration also addresses the challenge of an increased demand for highly trained physicians, and will provide a positive economic impact to the Berks County region.”
By collaborating with Drexel University College of Medicine, Tower Health begins to build an academic medical center and brings undergraduate and graduate clinical education and research to a single campus. Tower Health will serve as an important resource to the academic mission of Drexel University College of Medicine.
“We are so pleased to share with Tower Health in this effort to expand opportunities for medical training in our region, which will benefit practitioners and patients alike,” said John Fry, Drexel president.
The branch medical school is anticipated to result in a positive community and economic impact on the Berks County region by way of increased jobs for physicians, educators, and other disciplines, increased spend within the Berks community, and elevated education level of the population.
“We are very excited about this new collaboration, which offers our students a great opportunity to train with excellent physicians at a top-quality facility,” said Drexel College of Medicine Dean Daniel V. Schidlow, MD.
Tower Health is evaluating sites for the location of the potential Drexel University College of Medicine branch campus. Ideally, the school will be located in close proximity to Reading Hospital, but a final site has not been identified.