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Quad/Graphics gives $1 million to WVU med program

February 29, 2008|By TRISH RUDDER

MARTINSBURG, W.VA. -- Quad/Graphics has donated $1 million to create an endowment to help recruit a leader in internal medicine and expand programs in West Virginia University's Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center Eastern Division.

Gov. Joe Manchin, West Virginia University President Mike Garrison and Dr. C.H. Mitch Jacques, the Eastern Division's dean and associate vice president, spoke to an audience of about 80 people Friday who attended a ceremony at Berkeley County plant.

Jacques said the funding will be used to develop the leadership to grow the internal medicine programs.

The health sciences center is on the campus of Martinsburg's City Hospital, a member of WVU Hospitals-East.

Friday's announcement was made at QuadMed, the plant's onsite medical clinic, by Quad/Graphics President and CEO Joel Quadracci.

QuadMed opened last May and offers health care for employees and their dependents, Quadracci said.

Quad/Graphics, a Wisconsin-based national printing firm, has onsite clinics for its employees and dependents in other plants throughout the U.S. Company data showed a 33 percent decrease in medical costs in 2006, Quadracci said.

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"You have to have good health care for your employees and your citizens," he said.

"We have learned first-hand the competitive advantage of being able to offer our employees access to quality, affordable health care through our onsite clinics," Quadracci said. "We want to help the Eastern Panhandle realize those same advantages. The creation of an internal medicine department will improve residents' quality of life and attract other businesses to the area and the state. In this instance, health care can drive economic development."

"This is a wonderful gift by Quad/Graphics to the community," Jacques said.

He said this was the "first major gift of this kind" to WVU's Eastern Division.

Garrison said it is the responsibility of WVU to partner and work with the business community.

"We appreciate this donation and take the responsibility of the donation very seriously," he said.

Manchin said the Health Sciences Center will be a "world-class delivery system."

The WVU School of Internal Medicine in the Health Sciences Center Eastern Division began in April 2006, said Teresa McCabe, vice president of marketing and development for WVU Hospitals-East.

The health sciences center was established in 2001 for the purpose of improving the quality of and access to health care for residents of the Eastern Panhandle, she said.

"We are very pleased to receive this gift from Quad/Graphics. It shows the partnership between Quad/Graphics, the School of Medicine and WVU Hospitals-East, and it will provide care for our residents of the Eastern Panhandle," McCabe said.

"We believe in investing in the community," Quadracci said.

He said the donation is from the Windhover Foundation, a philanthropic organization funded by Quad/Graphics and the Quadracci Family.

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