Dr. Richard Merkin, President and CEO of Heritage Provider Network and the Merkin Family Foundation Establishes Fund for the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine

Gift supports Professorships in Regenerative Medicine

Jul 21, 2015, 08:00 ET from Heritage Provider Network, Inc.

MARINA DEL REY, Calif., July 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Richard Merkin, President and CEO of Heritage Provider Network and the Merkin Family Foundation, is pleased to announce a commitment to the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine to establish the Merkin Fund for Professorships in Regenerative Medicine. The gift will provide sustained support and training for three Professorships in Regenerative Medicine as these professors blaze new trails in this critically important field. (www.heritageprovidernetwork.com)

"I'm delighted to establish the Merkin Fund for Professorships in Regenerative Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC to further support research and discoveries that can unlock debilitating chronic diseases and develop new therapies," said Dr. Merkin. "Successful research can play an integral role in overcoming barriers for millions of Americans suffering from nerve disease, diabetes and perhaps in solving some of the mysteries surrounding Alzheimer's disease as well," he continued. Dr. Merkin is a member of the Board of Overseers of the Keck School of Medicine of USC.

Andy McMahon, PhD, FRS, chair of the Department of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, added: "This gift supports USC's progress in assembling and cultivating one of the most dynamic teams of research scientists in the field of regenerative medicine. I am confident that these faculty will make transformational contributions to human health in the years to come."

The gift will also provide resources for each Merkin professor to initiate and assemble complementary clinical collaborations with interdisciplinary teams.

Heritage Provider Network, Inc. (HPN) is on the cutting edge of the accountable care model of healthcare delivery: coordinated, patient-doctor centric, integrated health care systems that represent the future of health care in the United States. HPN and its affiliates operate in California, New York and Arizona providing high quality, cost effective healthcare to over 700,000 individuals and are dedicated to quality, affordable health care, and putting patients' wellness first. (www.heritageprovidernetwork.com)

Keck Medicine of USC is the University of Southern California's medical enterprise, one of only two university-based medical systems in the Los Angeles area. Encompassing academic, research and clinical excellence, the medical system attracts internationally renowned experts who teach and practice at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, the region's first medical school; includes the renowned USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, one of the first comprehensive cancer centers established by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the United States; has a medical faculty practice, the USC Care Medical Group; operates the Keck Medical Center of USC, which includes two acute care hospitals: 401-licensed bed Keck Hospital of USC and 60-licensed bed USC Norris CancerHospital; and owns USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, a 158-licensed bed community hospital. It also includes more than 40 outpatient facilities, some at affiliated hospitals, in Los Angeles, Orange, Kern, Tulare and Ventura counties. 

In 2015, U.S. News & World Report ranked Keck Medical Center of USC among the Top 10 in ophthalmology and among the Top 50 hospitals in the United States for urology and cancer care.

For more information, go to www.keckmedicine.org/beyond



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