Since the Summerlin Campus houses only one young college currently, bringing it to maturity for Roseman University is the primary focus, here in Summerlin. The academic year of 2017 – 18 has been declared The Year of Breakthroughs for this College of Medicine and we have truly begun to experience significant breakthroughs in various areas. Allow me to highlight one in this issue of Spectrum.
For many years, the Engelstad Family Foundation has powerfully impacted the Las Vegas community with their philanthropic efforts. This year they have considered the needs of our College of Medicine and committed to partner with us in this vital endeavor. On September 7, Kris Engelstad McGarry, the College of Medicine, and invited guests met in the second-floor lobby of our research building to celebrate a pledged gift of $10 million dollars from the Engelstad Family Foundation.
In addition to the institutional resources provided by our parent institution, Roseman University, this pledged gift from the Engelstad Family Foundation is a significant step in our effort to raise the $66 million needed to establish a premier private, non-profit MD-granting medical school. Roseman University’s College of Medicine will play a significant role in helping Nevada communities to overcome the chronic shortage of physicians and improve healthcare outcomes.
You may remember that the College is currently an applicant with the LCME, our accrediting body. These dollars will provide funding to hire the critical faculty and staff needed as it continues through the rigorous accreditation process. As a non-profit, private medical school, built without the support of state funding, we are extremely grateful for the generosity and support of the Engelstad Family Foundation. The many business and community members who have embraced our mission and vision, by supporting the College with their advocacy, partnership, and philanthropic gifts are a tremendous encouragement.
We are currently in a $66 million dollar campaign for the College of Medicine – Breakthrough in Medicine! The recent anonymous gifts, in addition to the Engelstad Family Foundation gift, provide a tremendous lift. We are humbled and grateful for partners who understand our needs and desire to work shoulder-to-shoulder with us.
Mark A. Penn, MD, MBA
Chancellor – Summerlin Campus
Roseman University of Health Sciences