Community leaders and Michigan State University have reached a conditional agreement on the possible move of the College of Human Medicine to Grand Rapids.
East Lansing Mayor Mark Meadows says the university has committed to no less than a two-campus system. A drastic and important change from what leaders were saying was an all or nothing proposal.
Community leaders say MSU has also committed to ensure the economic and health care viability of the region. But what viability means to both parties is still being negotiated.
Local leaders want first and second year medical students to stay in East Lansing and want enough students to provide research opportunities. MSU says no matter how many leave, it will increase the number of these students in the College of Osteopathic Medicine.
These commitments hinge on a number of factors including MSU's relationship with area hospitals. A member of Sparrow's Board of Directors wouldn't comment on their financial responsibility, but says the hospital will do the right thing.