Dr. P.K. Vyas, founder of the Eastern Carolina Medical Center in Benson, N.C., has established a $1 million challenge fund at Campbell University to support its School of Osteopathic Medicine, Campbell President Jerry M. Wallace announced recently. The school opens this month with a charter class of 162 students.
Through the P.K. Vyas $1 Million Challenge, Vyas will match any gift made to Campbell’s medical school dollar for dollar, up to $1 million, before Sept. 19.
He said he established the fund because he wanted to encourage Campbell alumni and friends to join him in advancing the School of Osteopathic Medicine’s efforts.
“As the opening of Campbell University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine approaches, it’s imperative that the medical school continues to receive financial support to ensure that faculty and students get the resources they need to fulfill the university’s vision to address the shortage of primary care physicians in North Carolina,” Vyas said. “I hope others will join me in supporting this critical endeavor.”
Vyas’ challenge will help Campbell finish strongly in reaching its $30 million fundraising goal for the medical school, Wallace said. Nearly $28 million has been raised to date. Gifts at this stage will go toward topping off the 96,500-square-foot building that houses the medical school – the Leon Levine Hall of Medical Science – with distinguishing details. That includes helping cover the cost for the equipment and technology in the medical school’s simulation and anatomy labs. The state-of-the-art anatomy lab will be named in honor of Dr. Vyas.
When Campbell’s School of Osteopathic Medicine holds its first classes on Aug. 5, it will be the first medical school to open in North Carolina in over 35 years.
Vyas began practicing medicine in Benson in 1986 and founded the Eastern Carolina Medical Center in February 1987 with just two staff members. Today, his practice has 50 staff members.