Answering Gov. Bredesen’s call for the community to “roll up our sleeves” and back a planned pharmacy school, Wellmont Health System will contribute $500,000 to support the establishment of a college of pharmacy at East Tennessee State University.

The $500,000 donation represents 10 percent of the $5 million needed to get the innovative project off the ground.

“Wellmont Health System is proud to take a lead role as our region transforms the dream of a local pharmacy school into reality,” said Ron Prewitt, chairman of the Wellmont board of directors. “As we have so many times over the years, we’re once again standing side by side with our friends at ETSU in a collaborative effort to improve health care for the people of our region.

“I know I speak for all our volunteer board members, dedicated employees and talented physicians when I say how proud I am to be involved in such a tangible demonstration of our mission to improve the community’s health status.”

ETSU President Dr. Paul Stanton said the importance of Wellmont’s commitment to the planned pharmacy school cannot be overstated.

“As regional healthcare providers, the medical professionals at Wellmont understand the critical need for this pharmacy school,” Dr. Stanton said. “Many of the pharmacy students who will train at our university will one day put their skills to work as professionals within Wellmont hospitals.

“For this reason, Wellmont’s generous donation is a gift not only to East Tennessee State University but also to all of us who call Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia home. On behalf of a grateful university and community, I extend my heartfelt thanks to Wellmont.”


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