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Baptist Memorial Health Care donates $1 million to Union University

Stephen Reynolds (right), president and CEO of Baptist Memorial Health Care of Memphis, presents a check for $1 million to Union University President David S. Dockery (left) and Harry Smith, chairman of Union's board of trustees. (Photo by Morris Abernathy)
Stephen Reynolds (right), president and CEO of Baptist Memorial Health Care of Memphis, presents a check for $1 million to Union University President David S. Dockery (left) and Harry Smith, chairman of Union's board of trustees. (Photo by Morris Abernathy)

JACKSON, Tenn.Sept. 7, 2007 – Baptist Memorial Health Care of Memphis has made a $1 million donation to the health care programs at Union University.

Stephen C. Reynolds, president and CEO of Baptist, presented the check to Union University President David S. Dockery during a Sept. 7 chapel service on Union’s campus.

“How grateful we are at Union University for friends like Baptist Memorial Health Care,” Dockery said. “We are especially thankful for Stephen Reynolds and the board members who have offered their generous support for the pharmacy and nursing programs at Union. Their gift will advance the work of this university in significant ways for years to come.”

The gift will be used to establish the Baptist Memorial Health Care Center for Excellence in Health Care and the Baptist Memorial Health Care Professor of Pharmacy in honor of Grover Bowles. Bowles was the longtime director of pharmacy at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Medical Center.

“Our mission of healing, teaching and preaching extends beyond the hospital and into our community and our schools,” Reynolds said. “We want to make sure the Mid-South’s health care students receive a quality education no matter where they work after graduation.”

The gift from Baptist follows $5 million in donations to Union’s pharmacy program from West Tennessee Healthcare and leaders of Union’s board of trustees.

The four-year Doctor of Pharmacy degree program could begin as soon as the fall semester in 2008. Sheila Mitchell was named as the founding dean of the School of Pharmacy in May.


Media contact: Mark Kahler, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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