The increase in annual support from $9 million to $26 million will enable the school to establish new academic programs, bolster existing ones, and support development of the two organizations' shared medical campus in Norfolk. New initiatives will include a master's degree program in healthcare analytics and delivery science focused on research and performance improvement initiatives in healthcare disparities and population health management; a collaborative research fund that will support translational research partnerships in biosciences and biotechnology research and advance clinical best practices and outcomes research; and $10.5 million over three years through the EVMS Foundation in support of endowed academic and clinical department chairs.
A community-based medical school since its inception in 1972, EVMS has long partnered with Sentara hospitals, which provide clinical teaching environments for EVMS students and residents.
"Sentara and EVMS have worked together as partners serving eastern Virginia for over forty-five years. These two great community institutions work hard to anticipate the evolving needs of the many communities we serve," said Sentara Healthcare president and CEO Howard P. Kern. "We appreciate the exceptional physician and advanced practitioner graduates EVMS trains for our community, and we are proud to help them advance academic and research programs to help us both fulfill our community missions. It is Sentara's hope that this increased funding will enable EVMS to move forward with its strategic plan to ensure their strength and stability long into the future."