The gift will support the activities of a new medical education consortium focused on increasing the number of third- and fourth-year medical school students who come to the Pee Dee region to complete their education, primarily through clinical rotations with MUSC Regional Medical Center-Florence, McLeod Health, and HopeHealth; members of the consortium include the University of South Carolina and Medical University of South Carolina. In addition, FMU will use a portion of the gift to redevelop the former Circle Park facility on Cheves Street.
"Dr. Eddie Floyd, Judge Haigh Porter, and the other members of the Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation have been strong advocates of both FMU and our medical and health science programs over the past decade and a half," said FMU president Fred Carter. "This is another example of their vision and staunch support. The education that young men and women will receive through these programs will change their lives. More importantly, it will change the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in this area who will see improved health care at all levels."