Mercer University is using a $1.5 million gift to draw attention to rural healthcare. The anonymous gift will fund the Rufus C. Harris Endowed Chair in the Center for Rural Health and Health Disparities.
"Recognizing Dr. Harris in this way is especially appropriate given that it was during his tenure as president that planning began toward launching a medical school committed to improving rural health - planning that led to the successful founding of the Mercer School of Medicine under the leadership of Mercer's 17th president, Dr. R. Kirby Godsey," Underwood said.
According to a news release from Mercer, a recently released study shows that the Mercer School of Medicine is one of the most successful schools in the nation at producing physicians that practice in rural areas, shortage areas, primary care, family medicine, and low-income areas. The study found that Mercer -whose mission since it was established more than 25 years ago has been to prepare primary care physicians for rural and underserved areas of the state - ranks second in the nation in the percentage of graduates practicing in low-income areas of the school's home state.