HEALTH LAW - Stacy R. Purcell

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Stacy R. Purcell
Eastern Virginia Medical School

Title: General counsel
Birthplace: Tarrytown, N.Y.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in accounting, Susquehanna University; master’s in health administration, Virginia Commonwealth University; law degree, University of Richmond
Family: Husband, Brian; children: Connor, 6; Taylor, 3
Hobbies: “Reading, activities with my kids”
Previous employer: Amerigroup Corp.
Fan of: “Finding a rare moment of quiet.”
Favorite vacation spot: Antigua
Recently read: “The Time Traveler’s Wife” by Audrey Niffenegger
Mentor: Rod Adams, Chris Barnett

How did you become interested in specializing in health law?
“I developed an admiration for the dedication of physicians watching my older brother work to realize his dream of being a surgeon. His tales of learning about and working in medicine sparked my interest to learn the business side of health care and specialize in health law.  I continue to be fascinated by the world of health care and enjoy working with the many talented and dedicated health professionals, educators and students at EVMS.”
What is the biggest challenge facing medical schools today?
“The biggest challenge is finding the resources to expand class sizes for students in both medicine and the health professions. Our country is facing a physician shortage because of our growing and aging population.  Medical schools were asked to boost enrollment by 30 percent by 2015, and schools, including EVMS, are committed to meeting that challenge, but at a time where higher education budgets are being cut.  Such a drastic increase in enrollment requires more instructional space, more educators and more clinical educational experiences.” 

How do you think health-care reform will affect medical schools?
“It is estimated that health-care reform could bring an additional 40-plus million people into the ranks of the insured.  One of the many potential consequences is increased demand for primary-care physicians, who are already in short supply in many parts of the country.  Medical schools and their graduate medical education programs will need to assist by attracting students and new physicians to primary care to help meet this demand.” 

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