SULLIVAN 180, TOURO COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE, AND GREATER HUDSON VALLEY HEALTH SYSTEM ANNOUNCE SCHOLARSHIP AND LOAN FORGIVENESS PROGRAM
Financial incentives to medical students and resident physicians will expand Sullivan County’s access to primary care doctors
(From left: Jonathan Schiller, CEO, Catskill Regional Medical Center; Sandi Rowland, Executive Director, Sullivan 180; Sandra Gerry, Board Chair, Sullivan 180; Kenneth Steier, Executive Dean & Chief Academic Officer, Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine. Photo by Sullivan 180)
LIBERTY, NY (December 18, 2019) – Today, Sullivan 180 announced a partnership with the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine and Greater Hudson Valley Health System to expand health care availability in Sullivan County by providing financial assistance to Touro medical students and new physicians in GHVHS’s residency program.
The Sullivan 180 Scholarship Program will provide an annual award towards tuition in the final two years of a student’s enrollment at Touro. Touro’s scholarship committee will select one recipient each year on the basis of interest in Sullivan County clinical rotations and rural medicine in general, academic success, and financial need.
The Sullivan 180 Loan Repayment Program will provide student loan reduction funds to GHVHS primary-care residents who either choose to rotate through the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris or who are nearing completion of their residency and transitioning to practice in Sullivan County. The number of residents assisted through the Loan Repayment Program will grow over time with one new resident selected each year.
According to the Center for Health Workforce Studies at the State University of New York, Albany, Sullivan County has the lowest rate of primary care physicians to population in New York State at 6.29 primary care providers per 10,000 individuals. Furthermore, Sullivan County is ranked 61st out of 62 New York counties in health outcomes.
As a result of significant student debt, medical school graduates are drawn to higher-paying specialties and away from medically underserved areas such as Sullivan County. The financial incentives announced today will address the ongoing shortage of primary care doctors in Sullivan County and help improve the county’s health care ranking.
“This partnership will begin to make a profound impact on primary-care access in Sullivan County,” said Sandra Gerry, Chair of the Board for Sullivan 180. “Coming together with Touro and GHVHS gives us the ability to assist future doctors throughout their medical education and provide the incentives they need to stay in our local community. Sullivan 180 was formed to help improve health outcomes in Sullivan County in conjunction with its partners, and nothing will bring us closer to that goal than increasing the numbers of local providers,” Mrs. Gerry added.
“We are excited to partner with Sandra Gerry and Sullivan 180. This scholarship will enable Sullivan county residents to pursue their dream of a medical career, and improve the health all Sullivan County residents,” said Kenneth Steier, DO, Touro College of Medicine Executive Dean and Middletown Founding Dean.
“We are grateful to our partners at Sullivan 180 for providing this opportunity to attract talented physicians to our area. The combined efforts of Sullivan 180, Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Greater Hudson Valley Health System represent a tremendous opportunity for sustainable improvement of health in our community,” said Jonathan Schiller, Chief Executive Officer of the Catskill Regional Medical Center.