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Poorman family to support Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine with lead scholarships

Entrepreneur and businessman Stephen Poorman and Pamela Poorman, of Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, recently added Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine to their list of 14 organizations named as beneficiaries of The Poorman Trust.

Their giving includes the largest ever gift from an individual donor to The Lock Haven University and within the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education’s history. The 2016 total gift value exceeds $7 million dollars. This support will fund the newly-created Stephen Poorman College of Business as well as physician assistant and nursing students.

When asked why he chose Geisinger Commonwealth, Mr. Poorman said, “My family and employees were covered under the Geisinger Health Plan for 25 years and Geisinger was always there. From suffering a heart attack, to cancer and a stroke, I’ve spent months in the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. This stay gave me a firsthand experience of the professional and effective treatment delivered during my recovery. Geisinger physicians saved my life. In appreciation for this exceptional care, we made our contribution in recognition of Randle H. Storm, MD, FHRS and Sanjay Doddamani, MD, FACC, FACP. Hopefully future students will maintain the Geisinger commitment to excellence, dedication and patient care exhibited by these men.”

This scholarship, and another being planned, is also intended to encourage others to support the medical school whose graduates will continue to serve the 3 million residents in 45 Pennsylvania counties and avoid any need for patients to travel to metropolitan areas for quality healthcare.