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Mecklenburg County backs funding for reuse of hospital site / September 12, 2018
At the request of Mecklenburg County administrator Wayne Carter, the Mecklenburg County Board of Supervisors agreed Monday to send a letter of support for the VCU-CMH’s request for $50,000 in Tobacco Commission grant funding to study the feasibility of turning the former hospital site on Buena Vista Circle in South Hill into an emergency preparedness training facility.

According to the application submitted in July, the department of surgery in collaboration with the Department of Emergency Medicine at VCU Health Systems and VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital is looking to develop a “comprehensive training facility to serve the Commonwealth of Virginia and beyond in the areas of disaster preparedness, clinical certification, pre-hospital education, and other simulation and education activities.

Carter said the nearest disaster training and response center east of the Mississippi River is in Mississippi. This would be the second such site on the East Coast and an economic development opportunity for the county as first responders from around the country would make use of the site, Carter said.

The Tobacco Revitalization Commission is expected to vote on the request at its next meeting Sept. 19.

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