Thomas Jefferson University is renaming its medical school in honor of Sidney Kimmel in recognition of a $110 million from the Sidney Kimmel Foundation — the largest single donation to the Center City medical school in its 190-year history.
As a result of the gift, Jefferson Medical College has been renamed Sidney Kimmel Medical College.
“My heart has always been in Philadelphia and Jefferson is the soul of this city,” said Philadelphia native and philanthropist Sidney Kimmel, in a prepared statement. “Caroline and I are delighted to support the education and training of future young men and women who will dedicate their lives to the art and science of medicine. We are confident the years they spend at Jefferson will have a lasting impact on the health and wellbeing of countless lives throughout Philadelphia and the nation.”
Dr. Stephen K. Klasko, president and CEO of Thomas Jefferson University and TJUH System, said called the donation “transformative” and said the gift will “redefine and shape the future” of health-care education at Jefferson for may years to come.
Klasko, who was name president and CEO of Thomas Jefferson University in September, said Kimmel has been in discussions with Jefferson “for a couple of years” about making a major gift to the medical school.
“[Kimmel] wanted to make a gift that would have a huge impact,” he said.
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