EVMS receives $3 million donation

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\Eastern Virginia Medical School has received a $3 million gift from Macon and Joan Brock to enhance its community-oriented programs.

EVMS will use the gift to establish the M. Foscue Brock Institute for Community and Global Health, which will be used to expand the medical school’s community-oriented programs and deepen their impact on both local and global issues.

The donation from Macon Brock, founder and chairman of Dollar Tree Inc., and his wife, Joan, was made in honor of Macon Brock’s father, who was a physician. He was a tuberculosis specialist in charge of Norfolk’s Charles R. Grandy Sanitorium For The Treatment of Tuberculosis and opened his own general practice office. He volunteered at the public-health center in Norfolk during his career.

“EVMS’ vision of being the most community-oriented school of medicine and health professions in the nation helped us reach our decision to establish the M. Foscue Brock Institute for Community and Global Health,” Macon Brock said in a statement. “The Brock Institute gives EVMS the opportunity to significantly expand its efforts to address critical community health issues while also nurturing a lifelong commitment to community service, particularly among the students.”

The institute’s goals will be to train the next generation of community-minded physicians and health-care professionals, to build a training program to offer students community service opportunities and to become a model for other schools in the country.

Part of the gift will include changing the school’s curricula, adding a community-service requirement.

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