(410 ILCS 65/3.1)
(from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 8053.1)
Southern Illinois University shall expand its focus on rural
health care as a component of health professions education programs on its
several campuses, including, but not limited to, its programs in medicine,
nursing, dentistry, and technical careers, and through research and
technical assistance programs. The University shall further encourage the
regional outreach mission of its School of Medicine through the
establishment of a dedicated administrative entity within the School with
responsibility for rural health care planning and programming. The
University may work with communities, state agencies, other colleges and
universities, private foundations, health care providers, and other
interested organizations on innovative strategies to respond to the health
care needs of residents of rural areas.
The University shall have the authority:
(a) To establish such clinical centers as may be necessary to carry out
the intent of this Act according to the following priorities:
(1) Preference for programs which are designed to
facilitate the education of health professions students.
(2) Preference for programs established in locations
which exhibit potential for locating physicians in health manpower shortage areas.
(3) Preference for programs which are located away
from communities in which medical school and residency programs are located.
(4) Preference for programs which are geographically
distributed throughout downstate Illinois.
(b) To receive and disburse funds in accordance with the purpose stated
in Section 2 of this Act.
(c) To enter into contracts or agreements with any agency or department
of the State of Illinois or the United States to carry out the provisions
of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 86-1187.)