SCRANTON, October 11, 2018 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) and Governor Tom Wolf today joined dozens of medical students in Scranton to announce a $1.5 million state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) grant for the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (GCSOM).

“The Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine continues to be a catalyst for our statewide efforts to tackle not only the shortage of physicians, but also the broader health care challenges and opportunities in Pennsylvania,” Blake said. “This state investment allows this incredibly important regional asset to significantly expand its mission and continue to ensure that aspiring Pennsylvania medical students can pursue a world-class education here in Scranton. I again appreciate the Governor’s commitment to our region and to investing state funding in impactful projects across the Commonwealth.” 

GCSOM will utilize the $1.5 million RACP grant along with a $5 million gift bequeathed by late Scranton resident Gerald Halpin to renovate the former W.T. Smith Manual Arts Building adjacent to the medical college. The 23,500-sq. ft. building, constructed in 1905, will be retrofitted and upgraded to meet modern educational requirements and add classroom, office and innovation space to the GCSOM campus. The newly renovated structure will be renamed Halpin Hall in Mr. Halpin’s honor.

RACP is a commonwealth grant program administered by the Governor’s Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic and community development improvement projects.  The program requires a dollar for dollar match in non-state funding in the project and all project related expenses must be incurred and satisfied in advance of approved reimbursements from the state.

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