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“Transformational gift,” Haslams donate $5 million to UT Medical Center

The Haslams’ have donated $5 million to the University of Tennessee Medical Center to support expanding access to health services through new and existing partnerships.
Natalie and Jim Haslam
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Published: Apr. 21, 2021 at 12:07 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -Natalie and Jim Haslam have donated $5 million to the University of Tennessee Medical Center.

According to UT Medical Center, the “generous gift” will help support expanding access to health services through new and existing community partnerships, increased health education and screening opportunities for underrepresented populations to explore health careers.

“Natalie and I are aware that serious disparities exist in our community that causes many people to not have access to quality health care,” said Jim Haslam, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Pilot Company. “We hope this gift will help The University of Tennessee Medical Center develop and implement creative programs to alleviate this pressing problem and ensure that everyone can get the health resources they need to live their best lives.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, health disparities are preventable differences in the burden of disease, injury, violence, or opportunities to achieve optimal health that are experienced by socially disadvantaged populations.

The University of Tennessee Medical Center said in a release they are helping to lead a comprehensive effort to reduce health disparities and promote health equity and wellness in the Knoxville area.

“The University of Tennessee Medical Center continues to be extremely grateful for Natalie and Jim Haslam for their commitment to excellence in healthcare and support of our community by investing in our work to address health equity,” said Joseph R. Landsman, the medical center’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Their love of community and humankind is clear in this transformational gift.”

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