The University of the Virgin Islands published a press release on April 19th announcing it's Board has authorized President Hall to begin the development phase for a territory wide medical school. Schneider Regional Medical Center, Juan Luis Hospital and Boston University School of Medicine will all be partnered in this undertaking.
According to the press release, an agreement for a major gift was also approved by the Board of Trustees. The agreement was between the University and Dr. Chirinjeev Kathuria. President Hall expressed that the advent of a medical school will greatly improve the level of medical care in the territory. The University already has a strong nursing program.
We have had a core of experienced and well trained doctors in the territory, and a number of new doctors have come to the Virgin Islands during the past decade or so, constructing new offices and facilities. I don't believe we can have too many. As the number of doctors and other medical professionals expand, more areas of specialization will be covered. And hopefully the cost of medical services will come down as well. You can pay as much as $1800 for an MRI on St. Thomas.
Another challenge for the U.S. Virgin Islands has been the production of electricity in a reliable and economically manner. Our current plant is fossil fuel dependent. While it's reliability has improved, cost continue to escalate. The press release revealed Dr. Kathuria who founded New Generation Power (NGP) which is a global developer, investor, owner and operator of infrastructure assets in three areas. Among these three areas is utility power generation.
Stay tuned, more details will be given on April 25th at 11 a.m. at Government House on St. Thomas.
The press release mentions, UVI entered into a Power Purchase Agreement with NGP for a 3.1 megawatt solar energy system on both campuses last August. The projects are schedule to break ground next month.
Will UVI also provide the answer to the territory's power issues?
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