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Health Sciences Center Named; Donors to Campaign Supporting Physician Assistant Program Recognized

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HAGERSTOWN—A reception honoring donors to the Building a Legacy of Care campaign to support a planned physician assistant (PA) program to be offered through the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown (USMH) was held on November 10, 2017.  It was announced that the newly created health sciences center, which will serve as the educational facility for the program, was named. Lee Stine, who made a leadership gift of $250,000 from his foundation, announced that the center will bear the name of his mother, Agnita M. Stine Schreiber. In making the announcement, Stine said, “It’s my brother’s and my pleasure to support this important project. My mother was very active in the community and we’re glad that we had the funds to do this.”

Renovations are currently underway to create the new state-of-the-art space, which will occupy the third floor of the Meritus-owned Walnut Street Clinic building.  The naming of a major component of the center, the anatomy and physiology lab, was also announced. Donald and Mary Bowman were recognized and thanked for a gift of $100,000 from the Jone L. Bowman Foundation, for which the anatomy and physiology lab will be named.

The Building a Legacy of Care campaign, led by Howard “Blackie” Bowen as chair, and Jim Holzapfel as vice-chair, was launched to raise funds for renovations to the existing Meritus building and for scholarships to local students in the physician assistant program.

The campaign began with a $300,000 two-to-one challenge grant by The Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher Foundation for scholarships for Advanced Practice  students (Physician Assistant and Nurse Practitioner). The community’s response to the challenge has resulted in raising $275,000, meeting the $150,000 required by the grant and garnering an additional $125,000 to start a second endowed scholarship fund.

In addition, the campaign has also raised more than $800,000 to renovate the space, provide new fiber optic and other IT enhancements, and begin equipping the Center.

Donors to both portions of the campaign will leave a legacy in the form of an educational enterprise important to the region, the state and the country.   The following each made a gift of $25,000 to name a scholarship that was matched two-to-one under the Fletcher Foundation challenge grant: Capital Women’s Care; Richard N. Funkhouser Foundation; the Hamilton Family Foundation; The Holzapfel Family Charitable Foundation; The Medical Staff of Meritus Medical Center and Middletown Valley Bank.

Additional spaces within the health sciences center will also bear the names of generous benefactors.  A $50,000 gift from the Blackie and Ginny Bowen Family will name the conference room and library.

The following each gave $25,000 to name faculty offices: AC&T, Inc., Michael G. Callas Charitable Trust, William and Gaye McGovern, and the Albert E. and Naomi B. Sinnisen Foundation. A gift in the same amount from The Medical Staff of Meritus Medical Center will result in the naming of a lecture hall.

James Brady, chair of the University System of Maryland Board of Regents, thanked donors on behalf of the regents. “It is the generosity and support of private donors that enable our institutions to truly realize their potential and reach their aspirations,” he said.

As president of the University of Maryland at Baltimore (UMB), one of two institutions that will jointly offer the physician assistant program, Dr. Jay Perman, spoke to the supporters in attendance about the need for the program locally. “Nobody, regardless of their zip code, should be denied access to healthcare,” he said.  “We should not accept workforce shortages.”

Dr. Ronald Nowaczyk, president of Frostburg State University (FSU), UMB’s partner in this initiative, also addressed the crowd, thanking donors for their support.

Additional donors supported the campaign with gifts and pledges. USMH Executive Director Mark Halsey addressed the many donors in attendance. He noted that funds are still needed to equip the facility, but said, “We are so grateful to all of the donors who recognized the critical need for this program. Through their meaningful gifts, a Legacy of Care will permanently impact our community.”

For more information about the program or to support the Building a Legacy of Care campaign, contact Erin Harman, director of advancement and outreach at USMH, at