Penn State Health and the College of Medicine celebrate the success of the campaign

HERSHEY, Pa. – Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine have eclipsed their fundraising goal, raising $315.96 million and helping the University achieve record success in its recently completed six-year campaign, “A Great Penn State for 21st Century Perfection.” June 30 marked the end of the most successful campaign and the most successful fundraising year in the institution’s history. Penn State Health and College of Medicine Total represents a new level in campaign fundraising and a transformational investment from nearly 575,000 students, friends, corporate partners and others in its mission to improve health through patient care, education, research and community outreach.

“The spirit of generosity we’ve seen throughout our organization and our community is breathtaking,” said Penn State Health CEO Steve Massini. “Throughout the campaign, our donors helped us grow even in the darkest days of the pandemic. They helped us expand our Children’s Hospital, build a new interfaith chapel, and establish the Penn State Cancer Institute’s Cancer Resource Assistance and Education Center — or CARE — inside Hershey Medical Center. The gifts supported life-saving equipment in our community hospitals and covered the costs of a new, isolation ambulance for the Life Lion fleet. Thanks to the support of many people, Penn State Health has a very bright future. This is great news for the thousands of people we serve each year and we are truly grateful.”

The campaign, which began in 2016, focused on three key imperatives of a 21st-century public university: keeping the doors of higher education open to hard-working students, regardless of financial well-being; creating transformative experiences that go beyond the classroom; and impacting the world by serving communities and fostering discovery, innovation and entrepreneurship.

“Through their extraordinary support, our donors have recognized the incredible potential that our faculty, students and staff have to improve human health,” said Dr. Kevin Black, interim dean of the Penn State College of Medicine. “In just six years, supporters have more than doubled our scholarships and provided critical resources for recruiting and retaining leading faculty in many disciplines. The educational impact of this campaign is substantial: reduction of student debt, new teaching tools and strategies, stronger research collaborations, development of new therapies, and increased access to cross-cultural training and community outreach initiatives. Words cannot express our deep appreciation for all the ways our students and friends have made the College of Medicine greater.”

Within Penn State Health and the College of Medicine, major campaign gifts and priorities included:

  • More than $165 million raised for children’s health by Children’s Miracle Network, Four Diamonds and THON — and through gifts made directly to Penn State Children’s Health Hospital.
  • A $25 million gift from Highmark Inc. to advance research, education and care at Penn State Cancer Institute.
  • More than $54 million for research through existing funds and 36 new funds to support discovery in various fields or advance medical innovation.
  • More than $47 million for specialty care and clinical programs that benefit patients and families across the health system.
  • More than $18 million for medical, graduate and physician assistant scholarships, including the College of Medicine’s largest scholarship gift of $4 million from the John E. Morgan Foundation and more than $7.5 million used through three initiatives of scholarship matching, including funding the University’s Educational Equity Scholarship Matching Program that awarded 15 new scholarships.
  • A $5 million gift from Peter and Marshia Carlino to support inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) research, faculty support and patient care, and the naming of the Carlino Family IBD Center.
  • Gift to create 30 new endowments to support faculty, fellows and residents in at least 18 medical disciplines, including faculty positions such as the Chester Ray Trout Chair in Pediatric Surgery, the Children’s Miracle Network and the Four Diamond Chair in Pediatrics, Cullen/Tombros Early Career Professor and Robert and Gail Zelis Professor of Career Development
  • A $2 million commitment from the PNC Foundation to support Penn State’s Commencement Week, Penn State PRO Wellness, the Four Diamonds Mini-THON Leadership Summit and the creation of the PNC Community Health Impact Endowment.
  • Nearly $7.5 million to improve facilities and equipment, including a $5 million gift from the Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation to support the three-story expansion of Children’s Hospital; a $1 million commitment from Di and Dallas Krapf to build a new interfaith chapel at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center; a $1 million anonymous gift to support the construction of Penn State Cancer Institute’s CARE Center; support from the Giorgi Family Foundation for an advanced PET/CT scanner for Joseph Medical Center; and sponsorship of original, diverse artwork commissioned for Hampden Medical Center

“Over the past six years, I have been privileged to see the Penn State Health and College of Medicine community—faculty, physicians, students, administration and staff, students and friends—come together to overcome unprecedented challenges and to achieve unparalleled success,” he said. Peter Tombros, chairman of the volunteer campaign. “I am grateful to all the donors and volunteers who embraced the vision of our leaders and gave their time, talent and treasure to improve human health, and I am proud of the transformative impact we have made together.”

“Whether through financial gifts, volunteering or simply exchanging encouraging words, every act of generosity has made a difference in this campaign,” added Kelly Altland, associate vice president and chief development officer. “The contributions of our donors are impressive by any measure, but the countless ways in which their generosity impacts people’s lives can never be fully measured.”

Details about the campaign’s accomplishments, as well as results from each Penn State college and campus, are available at greaterpennstate.psu.edu. Stories about the impact of philanthropy at Penn State Health and the College of Medicine can be found at engage.pennstatehealth.org/GPSCampaign.

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