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MagMutual Foundation gifts support to School of Medicine outreach efforts

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The MagMutual Foundation, established by MagMutual Insurance Company, recently announced a gift of $40,000 to equally support two important outreach efforts at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine—Marshall Medical Outreach (MMO) and Project PREMED.

“At MagMutual, we’re committed to strengthening the practice of medicine and making a positive impact by supporting meaningful change in the communities we serve,” said William Kanich, M.D., J.D., chairperson-elect of the MagMutual Board of Directors. “The delivery of medical care to the underserved and promotion of diversity in the health care profession are causes that are close to our heart at the MagMutual Foundation. Our mission aligns with Marshall University’s invaluable outreach to the community and among students, and we are excited to support their efforts with this gift.”

MMO is a student-led initiative established in 2011 to provide medical care to Huntington’s homeless community as well as those unemployed and at risk for homelessness. Under the guidance of faculty physicians from the School of Medicine, the monthly MMO clinic provides physical exams, wound care, immunizations, screenings, over-the-counter medications and more.  

During the past decade, hundreds of medical, pharmacy and physician assistant students have cared for more than 4,000 patients through MMO. The team has also mobilized to serve flood-ravaged communities in southern West Virginia and eastern Kentucky. Support from MagMutual will be used to fund supplies, including more over-the-counter medication options for patients, for current outreach efforts. It will also allow MMO to expand specialized programs like those focused on vision, women’s health and sun safety.

“We try to be very judicious in our spending and plan to use some of this gift toward our vision program which has become MMO’s most popular service,” said Katherine J. Steele, M.D., assistant professor of family and community health and supervising faculty for MMO. “Since vision care is not covered for the majority of our patients, those with deficits can have a very hard time in both the workforce and their day-to-day lives. We also plan to expand our access to over-the-counter medications to offer our patients as well as have resources to extend our services to other communities, should the need arise. We wouldn’t be able to continue this program without the donations such as this and the many volunteer hours from our medical students.”

Also established in 2011, Project PREMED, which stands for Providing Real-World Experiences for Marshall-Educated Doctors, offers the opportunity for undergraduate ethnic minority students to explore medical school as a career path. The program brings medical school to life through a five-day summer immersion experience on the Marshall University health sciences campus. Participants explore and experience the medical school journey through mock interview sessions, robotic surgery demonstrations and interaction with current medical students and residents.

Through the program, the School of Medicine continues to address barriers for students who are underrepresented in the health professions. More than 150 students have participated in Project PREMED since its inception in 2011; 20% of student participants have since completed medical school or residency; and 17% of past participants are currently completing physician assistant or nursing school. Support from MagMutual will be used to provide continued exposure to health careers for underrepresented minorities and support participants as they navigate the application process to medical school and other professional programs.

For more information or to make a gift to the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, please contact Linda Holmes, director of development and alumni affairs, at 304-691-1711 or holmes@marshall.edu. For news and information about the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, follow us on Twitter @MUSOMWV, like us on Facebook or visit jcesom.marshall.edu

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About the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine  
The Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine is a community-based medical school established in 1977. Located in Huntington, West Virginia, the School of Medicine trains physicians, scientists and other professionals to meet the unique health care needs of rural and underserved communities. Learn more at jcesom.marshall.edu. 

About MagMutual
For more than four decades, MagMutual has been a leading provider of medical professional liability insurance. Today, we’re the largest mutual insurer of physicians and the second largest mutual medical professional liability provider in the U.S.1 We deliver comprehensive coverage for the practice, business and regulation of medicine to more than 30,000 healthcare providers and organizations nationwide. Our focus on innovation allows us to provide customized advice, exceptional claims support and consistent financial benefits that result in improved outcomes and stronger policyholders.

[1] Market position based on S&P Global Market Intelligence 2021 year-end financial filings. Dividends and Owners Circle allocations are declared at the discretion of the MagMutual Board of Directors and are subject to eligibility requirements.


Media Contacts: Sheanna M. Spence, Marshall Health/Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, 304-691-1639; Stephanie Zercher, MagMutual, 404-263-6762


Date Posted: Monday, November 21, 2022