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Bill would establish Laredo extension center (3-18-99)

New legislation to be introduced in the Texas House and Senate would authorize a Laredo Campus Extension of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

The Laredo extension would provide undergraduate and graduate medical and dental education, including residency training programs and other levels of health education training. Sen. Judith Zaffirini and Rep. Henry Cuellar, both of Laredo, will announce the legislation at 3 p.m. Friday (March 19) at the center's proposed site, intersection of Barlett and Bustamante streets in Laredo.

Senate Bill 1288 by Sen. Zaffirini and House Bill 3313 by Reps. Cuellar and Tracy King, Uvalde, would authorize the Laredo extension. Courses would be offered in collaboration with Texas A&M International University in Laredo or any component institution of the A&M or University of Texas systems.

John P. Howe, III, M.D., president of the Health Science Center; Dr. Ray Keck, provost, Texas A&M International University; Javier Iruegas, chief operating officer, Mercy Regional Medical Center; Elizabeth Flores, Laredo mayor; and Mayor Pro Tempore Louis Bruni will join Sen. Zaffirini and Rep. Cuellar at the press briefing and site sign unveiling.

The Health Science Center was chartered by the state Legislature in 1959 with the mission to serve the South Texas/Border Region. One of the bioscience institution's primary goals is teaching.

Contact: Will Sansom