July 14, 2021

Manchin, Capito Announce $750K To Marshall University To Recruit and Train Surgeons To Serve In West Virginia's Rural Communities

Washington, DC – U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $750,00 from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to Marshall University to help develop West Virginia’s first rural surgery residency program. This funding is part of the HRSA Rural Residency Planning and Development program, which helps address physician workforce shortages in rural communities across America.
“Every West Virginian deserves access to quality, affordable healthcare, including surgery options, no matter where they live in the Mountain State. Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine is an essential part of West Virginia’s healthcare workforce, and I am thrilled HRSA is investing in our state’s first rural residency program at Marshall University. This program will train and recruit surgeons with a specialized knowledge of providing care to rural communities, which is great news for the future of rural healthcare in West Virginia. Supporting West Virginia’s healthcare workforce is a top priority of mine, and I will continue to work on bringing more programs like this one to West Virginia,” said Senator Manchin.

“I am so proud of the good work being done at Marshall University’s Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine and the impact it has had on our state. It is great news that they will soon become the home of the first rural surgery residency program in West Virginia,” Senator Capito said. “Huntington’s unique location positions the town and university to be successful, and they have always stepped up and excelled regardless of the challenges that come their way. The development of this program will expand the rural physician workforce in our state, while increasing access to quality health services in our communities.”