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Schuylkill Health Provides $30,000 Scholarship To The Commonwealth Medical College

Thursday, May 14, 2020

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(Pottsville, PA) Schuylkill Health has announced a $30,000 gift has been awarded to The Commonwealth Medical College to fund scholarships that will aid students over the next four years.

 “We are confident that our support of The Commonwealth Medical College will be returned to us many-fold through a new generation of physicians and the patients they serve,” stated John E. Simodejka, President/Chief Executive Officer of Schuylkill Health.  “We are excited with the opening of the Medical College and look forward to a very positive relationship with College administrators, faculty and students.”

“Support from across the entire Northeastern Pennsylvania region has been a key component of our progress to date.  The generosity of community healthcare leaders such as the Schuylkill Health System is truly what will ensure the quality of the educational experience and the success of The Commonwealth Medical College.” stated Paul Katz, MD, Vice Dean for Faculty and Clinical Affairs, The Commonwealth Medical College, who accepted the gift on behalf of the College.

 “We support the Commonwealth Medical College and are glad we are able to help as it trains its first class.  A successful Medical College in our own backyard will have a great benefit for everyone.  We believe that more physicians mean patients who are better served.  Schuylkill County and Pennsylvania will be healthier because of it.” stated Maqsood Malik, MD, President of the Medical Staff, Schuylkill Medical Center, East Norwegian Street. “We are so enthusiastic to offer our support both financially and in concept.  Students pursuing medicine will be influenced by many experienced and intelligent physicians in various subspecialties in this community.  We are sure that this will be the beginning of a positive experience for both the medical students and the citizens of our area.

During the next 20 years, the new medical school is expected to add 425 practicing physicians to Northeastern Pennsylvania.  In addition, the new medical school is expected to add $70 million to the local economy and create 1,000 new jobs that directly and indirectly support the school’s operations.

 “The Commonwealth Medical College could not come at a better time.  Similar to other areas in healthcare, we are seeing a growing demand for physicians in general medicine and subspecialties.  We are hopeful that Schuylkill County will be able to attract the best and brightest graduates to begin practicing right here in our community.  We also hope that The Commonwealth Medical College will provide an opportunity for our local people who have a desire to pursue medicine as a career.” stated Robert M. Zimmerman, DO, President of the Medical Staff, Schuylkill Medical Center, South Jackson Street.

Schuylkill Health is comprised of Schuylkill Medical Center East Norwegian Street, Schuylkill Medical Center South Jackson Street, Schuylkill Rehabilitation Center, Schuylkill Health School of Nursing and affiliated organizations and services lines. To learn more about Schuylkill Health, please visit www.schuylkillhealth.com.

The Commonwealth Medical College is a new medical school that will serve all of Northeastern Pennsylvania and expects to accept sixty medical students and thirty Master of Biomedical Sciences (MBS) students in the fall of 2009. The College has campuses in Scranton, Wilkes-Barre and Williamsport. The Commonwealth Medical College is dedicated to training the next generation of physicians in a community-based model. Focusing on selecting students with a propensity for community service, the school’s unique structure is designed to provide these students with diverse clinical experiences from the very first day of their education. For information please go to www.thecommonwealthmedical.com.

The Commonwealth Medical College is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

From left:  Robert M. Zimmerman, DO, President of the Medical Staff, Schuylkill Medical Center South Jackson Street; Maqsood Malik, MD, President of the Medical Staff, Schuylkill Medical Center East Norwegian Street; John E. Simodejka, President/Chief Executive Officer, Schuylkill Health and Paul Katz, MD, Vice Dean for Faculty and Clinical Affairs, The Commonwealth Medical College.