Donor: Vigran Family

Vigran Family makes Reid Hospital and IU East partnership possible

In June, members of the Stanley Vigran Family announced a $500,000 commitment from the Vigran Family Foundation that will help establish the IU School of Medicine (IUSM) clinical clerkship program in Richmond.

The program, a partnership between Reid Hospital, Indiana University East and IUSM, will allow students pursuing an M.D. degree an opportunity to complete a portion of their third and fourth-year medical education at Reid. Ultimately, the educational opportunity could result in more practicing physicians in the east central Indiana area.

“This is an exciting new program that builds on the special relationship between two great Richmond institutions,” said Gary Vigran, president of the Vigran Family Foundation. “It also builds on the vision my parents had for this community and will provide sustainable economic and health care opportunities that will strengthen Richmond and Wayne County.”

Stanley Vigran, a lifelong Richmond resident was involved in many civic projects before his death in 2004. He was especially instrumental in establishing Indiana University East. He believed strongly the organization had tremendous capacity to drive significant, long-term economic growth.

“My father was always proud to be a son of Richmond and had an abiding love of this community,” said Vigran. “My parents would have been immensely pleased to provide a leadership gift to establish this program because of the promise it offers for the future of Reid Hospital, Indiana University East and all of Wayne County.”

In addition to the Vigrans, the Quigg Family Foundation and other donors have pledged their support for the clerkship program.

“This is exciting for Richmond and east central Indiana. We hope that our support will aid in building awareness for other contributors and help this project gain even more momentum in the community,” said Bill Quigg, on behalf of the Quigg Family Foundation.

Randy Kirk, Reid Foundation president, said, “Our community is very fortunate to have visionary philanthropists such as the Vigrans and Quiggs. They are helping shape the landscape of health care, education and economic development in our community.”

The program
Reid Hospital will initially offer five of the required clinical clerkships with plans eventually to offer more. These clinical experiences will include obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics, family medicine, internal medicine and emergency medicine. In the future, rotations in neurology, psychiatry, anesthesiology, surgery, radiology and medicine sub-internship will be added. When fully implemented, there could be 10-12 students doing clerkships during any one month, each learning in a different clinical clerkship.

Craig Kinyon, Reid president and CEO, said it is extremely exciting for Reid Hospital to be a teaching hospital and to reach this milestone achievement in bringing new professional talent to the region.

“Our physicians look forward to being associated as faculty of the second largest medical school in the country. We also think this will help us attract the top physicians in both primary care and specialty areas to positions that can be challenging to fill,” Kinyon said.

IU East is coordinating the students’ educational experience while in Richmond, serving as the liaison with the School of Medicine.

“We want every medical student’s experience in Richmond to be one they will remember for both how well they were treated and how great the medical education was,” said IU East Chancellor Nasser Paydar. “We then expect these students to give serious consideration to returning to Richmond as practicing physicians.”

This agreement expands on the synergy that already exists between IU East and Reid Hospital. IU East enjoys an excellent relationship with Reid Hospital, with many of the IU East clinical courses in its Bachelor of Science in Nursing program being conducted at the hospital, and many IU East students hired at the hospital upon graduation.

“The partnership between IU East, Reid Hospital, and the Indiana University School of Medicine is an important step forward for everyone,” he said. “It advances each organization. It enhances the level of medical care in east central Indiana. And it will help promote meaningful growth in the community for years to come.”