LIMA — The Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center Volunteer/Auxiliary Resource on Monday donated $240,000 to support the Graduate Medical Education Center, which opened in June as a training center for medical residents and other health care workers.
The donation is the first installment of a $1 million pledge from the volunteer auxiliary, which is raising money through the hospital gift shop, craft sales and other fundraisers for the graduate medical education program.
“Excellence in health care is not something you postpone for the future, it is something you design for the present,” said Jan Kennedy, president of the volunteer-auxiliary group. “That is what the establishment of the graduate medical educational program delivers to our community.”
The volunteer-auxiliary group has raised more than $9 million over the years to support various services at St. Rita’s like 3-D mammography units and opioid addiction treatment, Kennedy said.
The latest donations will support the graduate medical education program as St. Rita’s tries to keep young physicians in the Lima area by expanding its residency programs.
“This will push forward and allow a lot of great training for many years to come,” said Dr. Johnathan Spithale, chief resident of family medicine for St. Rita’s, one of several residents who attended Monday’s check presentation.
St. Rita’s offers residency programs in podiatry, pharmacy, emergency medicine, family medicine and internal medicine, bringing 25 to 30 new doctors to the Lima area each year.
The 48,000 square-foot graduate medical education center features a variety of simulation labs, classrooms, team-based project workspaces, a flexible library and 240-seat lecture hall for those residents and others.