LILLINGTON – Senator Richard Burr toured the Campbell University School of Medicine in Lillington, N.C. Thursday and lavished praise on the school’s “innovative” and “first-class” facilities.
“These are state-of-the-art facilities,” declared Senator Burr. “This is truly 21st century education, teaching medical professionals of the future.”
Campbell is “focused on trying to make sure that these students really consider strongly serving rural populations,” he added.
The Campbell School of Osteopathic Medicine, which opened in 2013, is the second-largest medical school in the state based on enrollment and the first to open its doors in North Carolina in 35 years.
A central mission of the medical school at Campbell is to promote care for the rural and underserved populations in the state within a Christian environment.
The main medical facility building features a 96,500 square-foot facility that was funded through private investment and donors. A new building on site will add an additional 8,000 square feet of research space alone.
Dr. John M. Kauffman, Jr., dean of the medical school, said it was a tremendous honor to have Burr tour the facilities.
“Sen. Burr has been a supporter from the beginning,” declared Dean Kauffman. He pointed out that Sen. Burr was quick to identify a need for the facility and had written letters in support of the new school.
Kauffman noted that the school has a very modern building and the simulated teaching and emerging technologies are a heavy part of the emphasis of training physicians at Campbell.
He also pointed to the importance of emphasizing holistic and diversified medical education of future physicians that treat the entire person in a professional and compassionate manner.
During his tour, Burr was able to sit in on medical classes from a control room at the facility in classroom auditoriums that seat 200 students.
Kauffman emphasized the importance of recruiting top students from North Carolina and the Southeast to Burr, noting that the Northeast still has a significant higher percentage of physicians compared to North Carolina and other Southern states.
“We truly appreciate Senator Burr taking time to visit Campbell University,” said Assistant Vice President of Advancement Jason M. Gipe.
“Our goal is to be innovative and focused on the needs of our region, state, and country,” Gipe added. “Hearing Sen. Burr talk about how Campbell is meeting those needs is a tremendous compliment.”
Burr, who is in his second term, and is chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee was asked by media about his re-election prospects following the tour.
Burr suggested that he is too busy to think about campaigning for re-election at the moment but added, “I’ll campaign as hard as I can after the Senate adjourns.” Burr said he expects the U.S. Senate to adjourn in October 2016.
At Campbell, Burr suggested that President Obama’s affordable care act has made health care unaffordable in North Carolina.
“The 33 percent premium increase has made healthcare more unaffordable for many people in the state who found it affordable before,” said Burr, who is a member of the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.
Burr said that it was important to address pre-existing conditions but added that many families across the state have been pushed into high-deductible plans under the president’s policies.