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In brief: Highmark announces partnership with medical college

By - Last modified: April 12, 2013 at 9:51 AM

Highmark Inc. and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine have entered a five-year, $500,000 partnership intended to increase the supply and retention of physicians in rural areas of Pennsylvania.

The program will award five $20,000 scholarships annually to LECOM students, with recipients required to practice medicine at a Highmark-approved site in a designated area of need for each year they received scholarship funding.

According to a news release, Pennsylvania has the third-largest rural population in the nation and many physicians currently practicing in rural communities here are planning to retire in the next few years.

Heather Stauffer

Heather Stauffer

Heather Stauffer covers Lancaster County, nonprofits, education and health care. Have a tip or question for her? Email her at heathers@cpbj.com. Follow her on Twitter, @StaufferCPBJ.

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