MERIDIAN -- A new cadaver lab being built in western Idaho could help improve ongoing education for area physicians while drawing in new physicians from other regions.

Idaho State University is expanding its Health Science Center on its Meridian campus, with construction scheduled to begin in January.

Bessie M. Katsilometes, Health Science Center dean of academic programs, tells the Idaho Business Review that the building's cadaver lab will have room for up to 14 stations for bodies.

Earl Sullivan helps run an economic development nonprofit called The Corp that works in the health care industry.

He says the cadaver lab will not only keep physicians in the area, but could also recruit physicians from other regions.

But Katsilometes says the top priority of the lab will be educating students.

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