Lisa Eccles, Katie Eccles and their father, Spencer Eccles, at the University of Utah’s Eccles Health Sciences Education Building.

Lisa Eccles and Katie Eccles sit with their father, Spencer F. Eccles, for an interview inside the Eccles Health Sciences Education Building at the University of Utah on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. The University of Utah is announcing a landmark gift to its School of Medicine. The gift of $110 million from the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation and the Nora Eccles Treadwell Foundation marks the largest gift ever made by the Eccles family to the university. | Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

Two Eccles family foundations are giving a combined $110 million to the University of Utah School of Medicine, a gift described by university leaders as “historic” and “transformational.”

The gift from the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation and the Nora Eccles Treadwell Foundation includes $30 million for a new home for the university’s medical school in Salt Lake City to be named the Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine. A formal announcement will occur Wednesday morning.

The gift also includes $40 million for an endowment to be used for student scholarships, recruiting of top-flight faculty and building innovative medical education programs. Another $40 million will go to further research in heart disease and cardiovascular science.

One goal of the gift is to increase the number of students the university can train as physicians. Currently, the class is limited to 125 students, but the medical school is being designed to accommodate larger cohorts, said Katie Eccles, vice chairwoman of the Nora Eccles Treadwell Foundation.

Increasing the number of slots requires the approval of state lawmakers as well as the medical school’s accreditors and will be gradually implemented, said University of Utah Interim President Michael Good, who is also senior vice president of University of Utah Health and executive dean of the …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Utah News


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