Charlotte’s First 4-Year Medical School Receives $25 Million Gift To Start Signature Building


Charlotte’s first ever fully-accredited 4-year medical school may start classes soon than expected thanks to a massive surprise Christmas present from the Atrium Health Foundation.

The $25 million gift to Atrium Health will give Levine the naming rights on the new signature “Howard R. Levine Center for Education” building that will become the foundation of the sprawling new Wake Forest University School of Medicine Charlotte campus in Midtown.

According to a press release from Atrium Health, the new center will house the school of medicine, the Wake Forest University School of Business, the Wake Forest School for Professional Studies, and the Carolinas College of Health Sciences.

“We couldn’t be more appreciative for this extraordinarily generous and meaningful gift from Howard Levine,” said Atrium Health president Eugene A. Woods. “The Howard R. Levine Center for Education will literally change the trajectory of young people’s lives for decades to come. Specifically, it will enable us to equip future health clinicians with the curriculum, tools and facilities to create an educational experience that is constantly on the cutting edge of the latest science. As importantly, it will enable us to expand career pathways to underserved populations through targeted pipeline programs in coordination with the other educational institutions in this region.”

The $25 million donation is the first major gift in Atrium Health Foundation’s Giving Hope Campaign, which has set a goal of $500 million in donations towards support of the school of medicine and other key Atrium Health programs and initiatives.

Atrium Health is now expected to break ground on Wake Forest University School of Medicine – Charlotte in early 2022, with their first classes now scheduled to begin in mid-2024.

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