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"Transforming Medicine"

DMS, DHMC launch $250 million campaign

Amid growing evidence of the impact Dartmouth medicine is having on the region, the nation and the world, trustees of Dartmouth Medical School (DMS) and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) recently announced the largest fundraising campaign in the institutions' history, with a goal of $250 million. The money will be used to strengthen and enhance critical programs, advance cutting edge research and scholarship, attract and retain faculty, physicians and staff and provide needed facilities for the continued growth of the academic medical center.

"Today, in heath care policy, practice, medical education, patient empowerment, understanding of disease, advances in diagnosis and treatment, this medical center and medical school are making a difference," said Norman C. Payson DMS '73, in remarks on Sat., May 21 at a public launch event at the medical center. Former president and CEO of Oxford Health Plans, Payson, of Hopkinton, N.H., is a current member of the DMS Board of Overseers.

The formal announcement of the launch was made by Alfred L. Griggs, Chairman of both the DHMC and Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital Boards of Trustees. "Today we launch a historic campaign with an ambitious goal," said Griggs. "We must make it possible for these institutions to flourish. We must allow them to meet their potential and fulfill their promise. Together we will transform not just medicine, but lives, here in the Upper Valley, in the regions of New Hampshire and Vermont and throughout our country and our world."

The campaign, only the second in the history of the medical center, will run through 2009. Although publicly launched on May 21, the campaign has been accepting advance gifts since July 1, 2002. As of May 21, nearly $91 million had been committed toward the goal, Griggs announced.

The Transforming Medicine Campaign is part of Dartmouth's $1.3 billion Campaign for the Dartmouth Experience, publicly launched in Nov. 2004. At the May 21 launch event, President James Wright said, "The College and the medical school have developed common values and a shared commitment to integrative education that builds bridges between the faculties of Medicine, Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Business at the College, and all the clinical enterprises of DHMC. This campaign is also one of the keys to the continuing preeminence of the overall Dartmouth experience."

Of the $250 million fundraising goal for the Transforming Medicine Campaign, $85 million is designated for support of faculty, primarily through the establishment of endowed chairs for senior faculty and endowments for junior faculty development. This funding is critical for retaining and recruiting faculty and physicians, as well as protecting scholars and researchers from fluctuations in grant funding, said Griggs. Funding will also go toward endowment for scholarships for medical school students. Ninety-eight million dollars will go toward key clinical and research programs, most notably within the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth and the Center for the Evaluative Clinical Sciences, as well as research activities in areas such as neuroscience, cardiovascular research, immunology and infectious disease, orthopaedics and genetics.

Sixty-seven million dollars will be raised to build needed new research facilities on the medical center campus in Lebanon, as well as to contribute to the building of Norris Cotton Cancer Center North in St. Johnsbury, Vt. Construction of the Translational Research Building, a new home for the Center for the Evaluative Clinical Sciences and an Advanced Imaging Center will allow for greater integration and collaboration within the medical center, among scientific disciplines and clinicians and researchers.

"This campaign is about building on our strengths and accelerating our accomplishments, all in the interest of providing better care, more effective treatments and more targeted therapies, to our patients and our community," said Griggs. "Only with philanthropic dollars can we take the steps we need to take to fulfill the extraordinary promise and potential of these great institutions."

The Transforming Medicine Campaign Executive Committee will be co-chaired by Peter D. Williamson '58, Professor of Medicine-Neurology and Director of the Dartmouth Epilepsy Program. An internationally renowned expert in the field of epilepsy, Williamson has done pioneering work as a neurologist at DHMC, successfully diagnosing and treating some of the most complex cases in the world. "Philanthropy is critically important to our ability to continue to expand our knowledge and ability to care for our patients," said Williamson.

Also present at the launch were the leaders of DMS and the medical center: Stephen P. Spielberg, Dean of Dartmouth Medical School, James W. Varnum, President of Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital, Thomas A. Colacchio, President of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic, and Gary M. DeGasta, Director of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in White River Junction, Vt.

Lead gift commitments made during the advance phase of the campaign included the following:

Dean LeBaron (in memory of his father, Dr. Francis E. LeBaron) - $5 million to DMS to establish LeBaron Commons connecting the Borwell Research Building to future research facilities.

Jennifer and Peter Brock - $5 million to the DMS Department of Genetics to help attract leading geneticists and support research into heart disease, cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.

The Theodora B. Betz Foundation - $5 million for the work of Mark Israel, Director of the Norris Cotton Cancer Center (NCCC) and Professor of Pediatrics and Genetics, and his team at NCCC in the study of brain tumors.

Johnson & Johnson - $3 million for initiatives including the Johnson & Johnson-Dartmouth Community Mental Health Program, developed by Robert Drake, Andrew Thompson Professor of Psychiatry and Community Medicine and Director of the New Hampshire-Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center, to help people with mental illness and learning disabilities obtain and retain employment.

Dr. and Mrs. Norman C. Payson DMS '73 - $2 million toward scholarships for New Hampshire students to attend DMS, as well as a sponsorship for select DMS students to pursue an MBA at the Tuck School in addition to their medical education.

The John L. Steffens Endowment in International Health (established in conjunction with The Foundation for Treatment of Children with AIDS) - $2 million to support DMS's international health programs at the Dartmouth College/University of Dar es Salaam (DARDAR) project in Tanzania, Africa.

The Byrne Foundation - over $1.5 million in support of the Palliative Care Program, led by DHMC's Dr. Ira Byock, a leading program in end-of-life care.

Dr. Peter Williamson '58 and Susan Williamson - $1 million for the creation of the Alexander G. Reeves, MD, Professorship in Neurology.

An anonymous commitment from a senior member of the DMS faculty - $1 million to establish a Faculty Development Fund for DMS's Center for the Evaluative Clinical Sciences.

The Friends of CHaD - $10 million for children's care and pediatric research at the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth.

The Friends of Norris Cotton Cancer Center - $4 million for cancer research and patient care at Norris Cotton Cancer Center.

By DEBORAH KIMBELL

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Last Updated: 12/17/08