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The Medical School of Temple/St. Luke’s Awarded $1 Million Grant from the Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation

Bethlehem, PA (3/10/2011) - The Board of Directors of the Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation has awarded a $1 million grant to St. Luke’s Hospital & Health Network. The grant, payable over a four-year period, will be used to establish an endowment fund that will be used exclusively for scholarships for students attending the newly established regional Medical School of Temple University/St. Luke’s Hospital & Health Network.

“We are so thankful for this generous gift, knowing it will have a tremendous impact on St. Luke’s ability to provide scholarship assistance to deserving young people who aspire to become tomorrow’s physicians,” says Joel Rosenfeld, MD, FACS, MEd, Chief Academic Officer, St. Luke’s Hospital & Health Network and Professor of Surgery and Senior Associate Dean, Temple University School of Medicine. “Declining numbers of physicians and an aging population truly demonstrate the need to train more doctors. Yet the cost of a medical education can be daunting and often prohibits people from making this career choice. This gift will certainly make a difference for academically-gifted students with financial need.”

The Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation was established in 1966. Mr. and Mrs. Stabler recognized the importance of education and were uniquely aware of the fact that many able young men and women might not be able to attain the benefits of higher education without financial assistance. Scholarship assistance to support the training and education of new doctors through this new regional medical school is an investment in the future of health care.

The inaugural class of thirty students will be installed in August of 2011. By 2014, over 120 future doctors will be enrolled at the regional Medical School of Temple University/St. Luke’s Hospital & Health Network.