The Missouri Southern Foundation has approved a $250,000 gift toward the creation of a Joplin campus for the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences.

The medical school, which is scheduled to open in August 2017, will be located in Mercy Hospital Joplin’s former component facility at 2817 St. John’s Blvd. It will enroll 150 students per year into the program.

An effort to raise the funds needed to open the Joplin campus has been underway for some time. The Foundation board approved the gift following a presentation by Rudy Farber, chairman of the Regional Medical School Alliance.

Dr. Alan Marble said that the medical school will strengthen the university’s reputation for its high-caliber pre-med program and help attract more high-performing students.