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Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio awards $336,000

Posted: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 · Volume: XLIV · Issue: 26

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Celebrating the Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio’s gift of $121,000 to the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics in the School of Medicine are (left to right front row) Charles E. Cheever Jr., co-chair of the center’s advisory board; Melanie Stone, M.Ed., M.P.H., center assistant director of community service learning; Ruth Berggren, M.D., center director; Mary Beth Williamson, advisory board co-chair; and Deborah Morrill, vice president for development, UT Health Science Center. Pictured in the back row (left to right) are Carol Swartz, director of development and fundraising; Lisa McDougle, assistant dean, School of Health Professions; and Sonia Vasquez, director of development. Click on the image for a larger view.
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Celebrating the Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio’s gift of $121,000 to the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics in the School of Medicine are (left to right front row) Charles E. Cheever Jr., co-chair of the center’s advisory board; Melanie Stone, M.Ed., M.P.H., center assistant director of community service learning; Ruth Berggren, M.D., center director; Mary Beth Williamson, advisory board co-chair; and Deborah Morrill, vice president for development, UT Health Science Center. Pictured in the back row (left to right) are Carol Swartz, director of development and fundraising; Lisa McDougle, assistant dean, School of Health Professions; and Sonia Vasquez, director of development. Click on the image for a larger view.clear graphic

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Contact: Will Sansom, 210-567-2579

SAN ANTONIO (Dec. 20, 2011) — Trustees of the Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio have awarded $215,000 for student scholarships in the 2011-2012 academic year and committed an additional $121,000 over three years for community service learning at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio.

“You have made it possible for our students to obtain a health care degree and become tomorrow’s leaders,” said William L. Henrich, M.D., MACP, president of the Health Science Center, to members of the foundation’s board of trustees.

The 58 scholarships educate students in the School of Medicine, School of Nursing, Dental School and School of Health Professions.

“We pledge to do everything possible to ensure that our students receive a quality education, so that they graduate with the knowledge base and skill necessary to provide expert medical treatment coupled with compassionate care in every situation,” President Henrich said.

Community Service Learning
In late November, trustees again presented a sizable gift: $121,000 to the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics at the Health Science Center. The award will enable the center to expand experiential learning opportunities that address health needs for underserved populations while training tomorrow’s healers to act with compassion and justice.

Ruth Berggren, M.D., professor of medicine and director of the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics, accepted the check on behalf of the university.

“Community service learning is a true partnership: community organizations identify need among the clients they serve, and Health Science Center students and faculty provide uncompensated care to those who otherwise might not have received it,” Dr. Berggren said. “Our students come to treasure the joy of serving others and many of them will seek to duplicate this experience throughout their careers.”

To read a feature article on community service learning fostered by the center, visit http://www.uthscsa.edu/mission/article.asp?id=729.

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The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, one of the country’s leading health sciences universities, ranks in the top 3 percent of all institutions worldwide receiving federal funding. Research and other sponsored program activity totaled $228 million in fiscal year 2010. The university’s schools of medicine, nursing, dentistry, health professions and graduate biomedical sciences have produced approximately 26,000 graduates. The $744 million operating budget supports eight campuses in San Antonio, Laredo, Harlingen and Edinburg. For more information on the many ways “We make lives better®,” visit www.uthscsa.edu.

 
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