Celebrating the merger to establish Virginia’s biggest health sciences center

Old Dominion University is set to establish a new health sciences program, thanks to two substantial gifts totaling million. The announcement came during a celebration of the upcoming merger between Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) and Old Dominion University (ODU).

The program, named Macon and Joan Brock Virginia Health Sciences at Old Dominion University, will become the largest health sciences center in Virginia, offering over 50 degrees, some of which are exclusive to the state. Sentara Health, a key partner in the merger process, has pledged to contribute 0 million to support the combined health sciences program over the next decade.

Leaders from EVMS and ODU expressed their excitement about the collaboration, emphasizing the importance of working together to create a seamless integration. The integration of these two complex organizations is seen as a significant step forward in improving healthcare services and addressing disparities in health outcomes in the region.

The million endowment includes generous donations from Dennis and Jan Ellmer, as well as philanthropist Joan Brock. The funds will support various scholarship programs, including the Dennis and Jan Ellmer Health Scholars Program, the Dennis and Jan Ellmer Nursing Scholars Program, and the Brock Opportunity Scholarship, all aimed at supporting local students with a commitment to the region.

The newly formed Macon and Joan Brock Virginia Health Sciences at ODU will encompass several schools and institutions, including the EVMS School of Health Professions, the joint School of Public Health, the Ellmer College of Health Sciences, the Ellmer School of Nursing, and the Eastern Virginia School of Medicine at ODU.

While not all 56 degrees will be available immediately as the schools work through accreditation requirements, current and future students are assured that their education will not be impacted. The integration between EVMS and ODU is expected to provide a solid foundation for future generations of healthcare professionals in the region.

Overall, the merger and establishment of the new health sciences program mark a significant milestone in advancing healthcare services and education in the region, with a focus on improving health outcomes and preparing the next generation of healthcare professionals.