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Ohio State Senator Lou Gentile (D-Steubenville) says there is a primary health care deficit in Ohio that needs to be addressed.
Gentile visited Ohio University's Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine Monday to learn about the facilities and research at the school.
The senator will represent Athens County and six other new counties after the latest redistricting of the legislature.
Gentile says the medical school has an effect on tackling the health care deficit by preparing physicians who are needed in the area.
"Hospitals and the medical field tend to be a very large employer, in just about every county and every region of the state so it's certainly and important area. But my focus has been on trying to find ways to grow and improve our economy to keep people here in Southeast Ohio," said Gentile.
Senator Gentile says he hopes the research that is being done at Ohio University can help improve the economy and create jobs.
He will face Republican candidate Laura Groux in the General Election.