Medical College of Wisconsin Receives $37.8 Million From Kern Family

Medical College of Wisconsin Receives $37.8 Million From Kern Family

The Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee has announced a $37.8 million gift from the Kern family and the Kern Family Foundation to establish an institute for medical education.

The Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Institute for the Transformation of Medical Education will lead a national movement to transform medical education comprising three elements of physician development — character, competence, and caring — which the Kern Institute believes are critical for the delivery of compassionate, evidence-based care. The three elements parallel and complement the Triple Aim for Health Care — enhancing patient experience, improving population health, and reducing cost — which are widely accepted by the medical community as key to optimizing health system performance and reducing the burden of suffering from illness and disease.

In addition to the Kern family gift, MCW board chair Steve Roell and his wife, Shelagh, have established the Steven and Shelagh Roell Endowed Chair of the Kern Institute for the Transformation of Medical Education, which will be held by Cheryl A. Maurana, founding director of the Kern Institute. Including contributions from MCW, National Transformation Network partner medical schools, and other donors, initial investment in the institute totals $52.5 million.

"A healthier world starts with new knowledge, ideas, and approaches to innovative patient care," said Joseph E. Kerschner, dean of the school of medicine and executive vice president of MCW. "The Kern Institute will transform medical education for future medical students to become compassionate partners in medical care, as well as trusted providers."

"On behalf of the Kern family and the Kern Family Foundation, we are incredibly proud of our partnerships with MCW and other medical schools throughout the country which led to the vision and launch of the Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Institute for the Transformation of Medical Education," said Jim Rahn, president of the Kern Family Foundation. "We strongly believe that this collaboration provides a singular opportunity for us to have a lasting impact on medical education and securing quality and compassionate health care for all of us in the future."