Touro College Receives Final State Approval to Open Medical School Campus in Middletown

Date: June 24, 2014
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Middletown, N.Y. - The Hudson Valley is one step closer to building a stronger healthcare system as Harlem-based Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (TouroCOM) today received final approval from the New York State Board of Regents to open a new campus at the site of the former Horton Hospital complex in Middletown, N.Y.

The campus is set to open its doors to some 135 medical students this August. When fully operational, the new campus will enroll more than 500 medical students and occupy 110,000 square feet of space in the complex. 

“The new TouroCOM campus in Middletown will help fortify the region's healthcare system by attracting new medical professionals to the area and retaining local talent, who now have an opportunity to pursue a medical education locally,” said Dr. Alan Kadish, President and CEO of the Touro College and University System. “We are excited to launch our program with the inaugural class later this summer and look forward to growing our medical education offerings in the years to come.”

Approximately $25 million has already been invested to transform the deserted hospital space into a 21st century, tech-centric medical school. Renovations to the facility – which began with a special ceremony attended by Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy in July of 2013 – are nearly complete. The new campus will feature a number of state-of-the-art medical training equipment and technologies, including the nation’s first-ever virtual holographic training center. 

The project, which was awarded $1 million from the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council (MHREDC), will create more than 100 direct jobs and is anticipated to create nearly 500 indirect jobs.

TouroCOM will offer a four-year degree program for osteopathic physicians at the new Middletown campus and is considering the inclusion of training other health professionals.

In addition to the TouroCOM expansion, the Danza-Leser Group will develop 250 units of housing for students and faculty.

The Touro College and University System is one of the largest healthcare educational systems in the nation and offers a wide array of degree programs in the medical and health sciences fields. In addition to colleges of osteopathic medicine in New York, the Touro system also includes colleges of osteopathic medicine in Nevada and California. Touro also has colleges of pharmacy in both New York and California, as well as graduate and undergraduate schools of health sciences in New York, Nevada and California. Together with New York Medical College in Westchester County, the Touro College and University System educates approximately 5,300 health sciences students annually.