PULLMAN, WA—A $500,000 gift, made by an anonymous couple, will support the Washington State University Family Medicine Residency Program at Pullman Regional Hospital.
The three-year physician residency training program is a partnership with the WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine and Pullman Regional Hospital, and earned accreditation status in May.
“This incredible act of generosity makes for a defining moment in Pullman,” said Scott Adams, Pullman Regional Hospital CEO. “For years, our medical community has had a vision to host a residency program, and now it’s a reality because of dedicated campaign volunteers and extraordinary donors.”
The gift will support programmatic costs of the Pullman-based residency program and completes a $1.55 million fundraising goal to build 5,000 square feet of clinical and educational space at the hospital, where physician residents will complete their training and care for patients.
“We’re so grateful to have philanthropists outside the region join with us in partnership with WSU and the medical school to train physicians,” said Rueben Mayes, Pullman Regional Hospital Chief Development and External Relations Officer. “Fundraising for ongoing program support will continue, but today we celebrate meeting our $1.55 million goal for the future home of the family medicine residency program here at Pullman Regional Hospital.
While the couple wishes to remain anonymous, they attribute the quality of education and strong friendships he made—while attending what was then WSC—sources of inspiration for their generosity.
One special friendship they wish to honor through their support of the residency program is Walt and Orbie Gray of Pullman. “The Grays, and people like them throughout the Palouse, are important people to us. Ensuring Pullman is home to the highest caliber of family medicine physicians will serve those we care deeply about and will empower Pullman Regional Hospital to continue caring for the university we respect and continue to cherish.”
Alison Weigley, Director of External Relations
Pullman Regional Hospital & Foundation
Office: (509) 332-2041 / Cell: (509) 330-0242
Washington State University
Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine