VCOM 2022 Annual Report

Stosser Grant Supports Verón Clinic Efforts

significantly greater in resource-poor settings, and our family wanted to make a positive difference in their lives,” Jeff added. Jeanne said that her family recognized a need and wanted to collectively make a difference. “We’ve seen how VCOM has incorporated global outreach as a part of its students’ training, which encourages more of its graduates to return to practice in underserved areas.” Once met, the Stosser Challenge Grant will add to and enhance existing spaces at the clinic and provide the necessary funds to purchase needed medical equipment for the Verón Clinic. It will enable VCOM to hire a full time women’s health obstetrician-gynecologist and send faculty from the United States to train personnel at the clinic. A portion of the funds will assist with student and faculty travel and lodging expenses. Jeanne Stosser grew up in Rural Retreat, Virginia, and has been a prominent leader in New River Valley real estate development, investment and project management for more than 30 years. She is a past president of the New River Valley Homebuilders Association (NRVHA) and has been recognized as NRHVA Builder of the Year, Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce Small Businessperson of the Year and NRV Association of Realtors Developer of the Year. Scott and Jeff Stosser are co-owners of SAS Builders. Scott’s focus on quality construction led to his being recognized with a New River Valley Builder of the Year Award. Jeff has more than 25 years of experience in real estate investment and property management, and a large focus of his work is on development and multifamily construction.

P roviding VCOM students opportunities in underserved international communities increases physician workforce readiness to care for underserved populations. Students and residents who train in low-resource settings are more likely to work in underserved areas after they complete residency. The Verón Primary Care Medical Clinic in the Dominican Republic, established by VCOM in 2006, is a collaborative partnership between the College, the Punta Cana Foundation and the government of the Dominican Republic. This clinic provides regular care to approximately 200 patients a day while serving a local population that exceeds 60,000. After touring the clinic and witnessing firsthand the impact VCOM programs have on those families living in the Dominican Republic, Jeanne Stosser and her two sons, Scott and Jeff, from Blacksburg, Virginia, issued a $500,000 Challenge Grant to the College. When met, this challenge will enhance the existing program in the Dominican Republic and permanently endow the Stosser Center for Women’s Health. “Women in developing countries like the Dominican Republic are confronted with diverse health issues due to the lack of functional health facilities, poor economic situations and inadequate technical know-how,” said Scott. “We recognized that the burden of disease and public health issues affecting girls and women throughout their lives is


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