Oct 24, 2023
Proposed Medical School Construction Milestone Celebrated at Beam Signing Event
Just one year and a day after breaking ground on the D.M. Bowman Academic Hall, the future flagship building of the proposed Meritus School of Osteopathic Medicine, one hundred community leaders, elected officials and community organizations celebrated another milestone in the building’s construction by signing a steel beam. “Steel is a core ingredient for this building – a strong foundation of support, which truly is symbolic of those who are signing it to celebrate this milestone,” said Meritus Health President and CEO, Maulik Joshi, Dr.P.H. “The support for this project has been incredible – our community is absolutely playing a significant role in the proposed Meritus School of Osteopathic Medicine’s progress.” The Beam Signing event was attended by community leaders, local organizations, elected officials and donors who are supporting the capital costs of the new building, who have pledged a combined $11 Million dollars towards the project. The building, now framed in steel, will be 200,000 square feet and house classrooms, learning and technology labs and a conference center. Construction is expected to be finished next December, roughly eight months before medical students would use the facility. The proposed Meritus School of Osteopathic Medicine is expected to welcome its first class of students in the fall of 2025. “Every day we are building this medical school,” said Joshi. “We are building the curriculum, we are building community relationships, we are building our faculty and team, and of course we are building this building.” Joshi said an inaugural dean, Dr. Paula Gregory, and four associate deans have been hired and are supporting the licensure and accreditation process. As they continue to reach milestones, additional faculty and staff will be hired.
Jul 13, 2023
Meritus Health expands physician education, focuses on training next generation of doctors
Meritus Health is working to address a growing physician shortage. In 2019, the health system launched a Family Residency program, to help provide expert training to medical school graduates on their path to becoming practicing physicians. “We know that it takes years of training and experience to create a socially-responsible physician,” said Dr. Paula Gregory, Dean, proposed Meritus School of Osteopathic Medicine. “Our organization has been invested in ensuring we are doing our part to develop the next generations of needed physicians.” As the graduate medical education programs continue to expand, Dr. Bradley Miller has been named the new Associate Dean of Graduate Medical Education for the proposed Meritus School of Osteopathic Medicine, where he will coordinate the organization’s graduate and training programs, including residency and fellowship opportunities. Ahead of this announcement, Dr. Miller served in the Meritus Family Medicine Residency Program. He previously served as Program Director for UPMC’s Residency Program for 13 years in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. “Studies continue to show us that physicians will practice in the communities where they trained,” said Dr. Miller. “By investing in stellar education and post graduate education opportunities, we are creating pathways for passionate and well-trained physicians to care for our own community. I’m excited for the opportunities we are working so hard to create for the future physicians of our region.” The proposed Meritus School of Osteopathic Medicine is expected to welcome its first class of students in the fall of 2025. Construction on the 200,000 square foot academic building on the campus of Meritus Medical Center began in March.
Jul 10, 2023
Jone L. Bowman Family Foundation pledges $6 million to proposed medical school
HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Faced with a current physician shortage in the region, in the state and in the nation, Meritus Health continues forward with its plan to build an osteopathic medical school in Hagerstown, the proposed Meritus School of Osteopathic Medicine. This week, the health system announced a major gift in support of the future school. “As the community’s sole healthcare system, we cannot simply consider the health needs of today, we are responsible for ensuring the future health needs of our community as it grows and welcomes new generations,” said Meritus Health President and CEO and President of the proposed Meritus School of Osteopathic Medicine, Maulik Joshi, Dr.P.H. Last July, Meritus announced plans to open a medical school by the year 2025. As the health system continues to meet all accreditation and licensure milestones, including hiring an inaugural dean and breaking ground on a 200-thousand square foot, state-of-the-art academic building, it shares another large announcement this July - a major donation from the Jone L. Bowman Family Foundation of $6 million to support the capital costs of the building. “We are extremely grateful for the Jone L. Bowman Family Foundation’s incredible donation to support our vision,” Joshi said. “Their family is so committed to our community, and this support is absolutely incredible. It surely will mean our children and grandchildren have access to the care they need and deserve. We are so proud to share that our flagship academic building will be named the D.M. Bowman Academic Hall in honor of this tremendous support, a location that is so much more than a building, it will inspire and educate future generations of socially responsible physicians.” Joshi said that as of July, the community has pledged more than $11 million in total towards the school. The Meritus Healthcare Foundation is promoting a capital campaign, and community members interested in supporting the school can learn more at MSOM.org.
Jul 7, 2023
Meritus welcomes associate dean of preclinical education for proposed medical school
HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Meritus Health welcomes Dr. Samuel Kadavakollu as Associate Dean of Pre-clinical Education and Professor for the proposed Meritus School of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Kadavakollu brings a wealth of experience and expertise in biomedical education, academic administration and leadership making him an invaluable addition to the proposed medical school. “With a passion for teaching osteopathic medical students, curriculum design and delivery, academic affairs, community outreach and enrichment, Dr. Kadavakollu has made significant contributions to the field of osteopathic medical education throughout his career. We are thrilled to welcome him to our team,” said Dr. Paula Gregory, Dean, proposed Meritus School of Osteopathic Medicine. As a founding team member, he played a vital role in the successful establishment of two start-up osteopathic medical schools: California Health Sciences University College of Osteopathic Medicine (CHSU COM) and Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM). “Dr. Kadavakollu’s expertise and leadership will play a crucial role in shaping the future of medical education at our institution and advancing healthcare in the region,” Gregory said. Educated at New Mexico State University Dr. Kadavakollu holds a Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry, a master's degree in Organic Chemistry and an undergraduate degree with a triple major in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry from Andhra University, India. “I am excited to join the proposed Meritus School of Osteopathic Medicine and contribute to the fulfillment of the mission and vision to enhance the physician population in Washington County,” Dr. Kadavakollu said. The proposed Meritus School of Osteopathic Medicine is expected to welcome its first class of students in the fall of 2025. Construction on the 200,000 square foot academic building on the campus of Meritus Medical Center got underway in March. More details can be found at MSOM.org.
Jul 5, 2023
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Mar 23, 2023
Meritus Health announces new Chief Operating Officer for proposed medical school
HAGERSTOWN, Md. – Meritus Health has announced Dave Lehr will serve as the Chief Operating Officer for the proposed Meritus School of Osteopathic Medicine. Lehr currently serves as Meritus Health’s Chief Strategy Officer, and will maintain that position according to Maulik Joshi, Dr.P.H., Meritus Health’s President and CEO. “Dave has served Meritus Health in a tremendous capacity since he joined our organization in 2021. He’s helped Meritus bring on specialist services and physicians to serve the needs of our community as we continue to grow. Dave has been a guiding force for the proposed medical school since its inception, helping to lead our startup efforts. His strong leadership will serve the community well as he continues to steer this exciting and important initiative,” Joshi said. Joshi said the accreditation process for the medical school is progressing, and construction on the state-of-the art, 200,000 square foot academic building has begun. “The proposed school will help us prepare physicians who are professionally accomplished, socially responsible, and community oriented,” Lehr said, “It will also improve the local economy, providing hundreds of new jobs to the region, and ultimately improving the health of our community by reducing a growing physician shortage. The proposed medical school will improve the health, education and economy of our region, and I look forward to the continued work and partnerships to bring the vision to reality.”
Jan 3, 2023
Meritus Health announces new associate dean for proposed Meritus School of Osteopathic Medicine
MERITUS HEALTH ANNOUNCES NEW ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR PROPOSED MERITUS SCHOOL OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE HAGERSTOWN, Md. – Meritus Health has announced a new Associate Dean of Clinical Education, Community Development for the proposed Meritus School of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Aaron George has been named the first Associate Dean of Clinical Education, Community Development for the proposed Meritus School of Osteopathic Medicine. Ahead of this announcement, Dr. George had served as the system’s Chief Medical Officer. “We are so grateful for Dr. George’s tremendous leadership,” said Maulik Joshi, Dr.P.H., President and CEO. “He’s been a committed and dedicated leader through the COVID pandemic and has led very successful initiatives to enhance patient safety and quality, and to reduce unnecessary testing and lab work at the hospital. I’m thrilled to see his passion and talents applied in this new role where he will help mold the future physicians of our region.” Joshi said the accreditation process for the medical school is progressing under the leadership of the school’s dean, Dr. Paula Gregory. Drs. Gregory and George will work together to hire additional faculty members in 2023. Construction on the 200,000 square foot academic building will begin this winter. Partnerships with local colleges and other health systems are being developed. ### Meritus Health, Western Maryland’s largest health care provider, is located at the crossroads of Western Maryland, Southern Pennsylvania and the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. With over 3,000 employees, 500 medical staff members and 250 volunteers, Meritus Health serves over 200,000 residents of the tristate region. Meritus Medical Center has 327 beds and Meritus Medical group has over 160 providers. More information can be found at www.MeritusHealth.com or visit our Facebook page or LinkedIn page. CONTACT: Michelle LovelaceCorporate Communications301-790-8865 or 240-291-6828Media@MeritusHealth.com
Oct 18, 2022
Meritus Health Breaks Ground on New Medical School
Community, elected officials celebrate the proposed Meritus School of Osteopathic Medicine during groundbreaking ceremony HAGERSTOWN, Md. – Community leaders and supporters were joined by elected officials, including Governor Larry Hogan under a sunny sky Tuesday afternoon to celebrate an impressive milestone for a proposed medical school in Hagerstown – a groundbreaking ceremony for the school’s 200,000 square-foot academic medical building. Officials from Meritus Health, including Maulik Joshi, Dr.P.H., president and CEO, reminded attendees of why the four-year osteopathic medical school is needed at the ceremony. “There are not enough physicians in the nation, in Maryland, or in our region,” Joshi said. “Maryland is graduating the fewest medical students, per population, in the nation. Our proposed medical school would help reduce this gap by preparing future generations of physicians who are professionally accomplished, socially responsible, and community oriented.” Governor Hogan provided accolades of Joshi’s leadership and vision to create a local solution to a challenging gap. “With the toll the pandemic took on our healthcare workforce, we know that there is a pressing need to hire and train more physicians in the future, especially in our rural communities. And today, once again, Meritus is answering the call,” Governor Hogan said. The Building The future academic building, situated on the existing Meritus Health campus off Robinwood Drive, will boast five stories complete with a conference center, lecture halls, a library, simulation center, virtual and gross anatomy lab and osteopathic manipulative medicine lab. “This building will support the innovative curriculum being developed by our dean, Dr. Paula Gregory, providing students with state-of-the-art equipment and learning facilities,” Joshi said. “But it is so much more than a building, it’s a commitment to our community that we care about the future of health.” Seeking Accreditation The construction of an academic building is an important step in the accreditation process. In early July, Meritus announced plans to officially move forward with the accreditation and licensure process to open a medical school in Hagerstown. Meritus is closely following the guidelines and process outlined by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) and Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC). COCA requires a proposed school to have a dean in place three years before welcoming its first class of students. Dr. Gregory was hired in June, to support Meritus in the pursuit of accreditation and serve as the inaugural dean for the proposed school. The next requirement, creation of clinical partnerships, has started, with strong support across the region, according to Joshi. “We continue to find strong partners in the region who are thrilled to hear of our proposed medical school. Many healthcare providers continue to struggle to live up to their missions with the current shortage of physicians. They are looking forward to collaborating with us to support the education of these students through clinical rotations,” he said. Other requirements include the academic building, developing curriculum, policies and procedures, and hiring faculty and staff. Following that timeline, the proposed Meritus School of Osteopathic Medicine could welcome its first class of students in the fall of 2025. “To be able to bring an institution of this caliber to our community is an honor for Meritus, and we are thankful for the backing and support of the state and local community. This is a game changer for Washington County and Maryland,” Joshi said. Economic Impact An independent economic impact study performed by Tripp Umbach shows the proposed Meritus School of Osteopathic Medicine will bring considerable economic impact to the region. Capital impacts from 2023-2026 are estimated at $268 million dollars, with 1,595 jobs created and estimated tax revenue of $6.2 million dollars. Once the school welcomes its first class, an estimated $500 million of economic impact is expected between the years of 2025 and 2030, with more than $120 million, per year, to the Maryland GDP every year beyond 2030. “We know that health, education and the economy are all connected. Improving the economy of our region also enhances the health and wellness of our neighbors,” Joshi said. “We are thrilled to have a project that will improve and enhance so many important factors related to the quality of life in Washington County.”
Jul 12, 2022
Building the Next Generation of Expert Care Close to Home: Meritus Pursues Opening Medical School
The Proposed Meritus School of Osteopathic Medicine will address community health needs HAGERSTOWN, Md. – Meritus Health is officially moving forward with the accreditation and licensure process in order to open a four-year medical school in Hagerstown. “Our mission is to improve health in the region,” explained Meritus Health President and CEO Maulik Joshi. “As an anchor organization for this community, it is our privilege and obligation to positively impact the lives of over 200,000 people in our region. The proposed Meritus School of Osteopathic Medicine will do that. It will change the game for the health, education and economy for everyone.” The decision comes after thorough due diligence on behalf of Joshi’s senior executive team and the Meritus Health Board of Directors. Joshi explained, faced with a shortage of over 50 physicians this presents an opportunity to address that need. “The needs for our community, and communities like us throughout Maryland and the United States, centers on having access to great physicians. That is the foundation and a huge need in Washington County. The proposed Meritus School of Osteopathic Medicine gives us the opportunity to train physicians in an environment like ours; focused on the health of the community. Physicians who train in our community will be more likely to practice in our community.” Additionally, Joshi pointed out the school will bring economic benefit to the region. “Independent impact analysis shows that the proposed school will contribute over $100 million a year of economic benefit for the community and state,” he explained. “But most of all, it will allow the area to reduce the gap in current and future physician shortages. Physicians are essential to access, which is essential to meeting the health needs of the community.” Meritus Health is planning for the matriculation of the first class in the fall of 2025. The school’s almost 200,000 square foot, state-of-the-art academic building will be constructed on the Meritus Medical Center campus, and student housing will be built adjacent to the campus. To support Meritus in the pursuit of accreditation, Paula Gregory, DO, MBA, FACOFP has been hired as the inaugural dean for the proposed Meritus School of Osteopathic Medicine. “I am thrilled to be supporting this vision,” she said. “Currently, there are so many promising candidates who wish to become physicians that struggle to find the right educational opportunity. It is our hope that we will provide access to education, and in turn, expand access to healthcare in the region.” Dr. Gregory brings to the organization and the community tremendous experience and expertise as a physician, educator and leader. She received her undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Georgia and her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. Among her many achievements, Dr. Gregory served as Assistant Dean and Chair of Clinical Education at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine - Georgia campus, where she started a free clinic in association with the Pilgrim Cathedral Church. Dr. Gregory was also the founding Dean and Chief Administrative Officer of the Kansas City University School of Medicine and Bioscience – Joplin campus. Dr. Gregory is joining Meritus from California Health Sciences University where she served as the Chair of Primary Care. Dr. Gregory has taught clinical education for more than three decades and also serves as the current Associate Editor of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physician's peer-reviewed journal, Osteopathic Family Medicine.
Jul 12, 2022
Inaugural Dean of Proposed Meritus School of Osteopathic Medicine Hired
Paula Gregory, DO, MBA, FACOFP, will serve as the inaugural Dean for the proposed Meritus Medical School - the Meritus School of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Gregory brings to the organization and the community tremendous experience and expertise as a physician, educator and leader. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Georgia and her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. Among her many achievements, Dr. Gregory served as Assistant Dean and Chair of Clinical Education at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine - Georgia campus, where she started a free clinic in association with the Pilgrim Cathedral Church. Dr. Gregory was also the founding Dean and Chief Administrative Officer of the Kansas City University School of Medicine and Bioscience – Joplin campus. Dr. Gregory is joining Meritus from California Health Sciences University where she served as the Chair of Primary Care. Dr. Gregory has taught clinical education for more than three decades and also serves as the current Associate Editor of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physician's peer-reviewed journal, Osteopathic Family Medicine. Dr. Gregory chose medicine because she enjoys helping people achieve their dreams.