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PORTRAIT OF GIVING

Credit union helps advance education of tomorrow's physicians through fund

 "" PHOTO -- UC Davis donor Joe Sullivan in front of the home he has given to UC Davis.  ""
  The Golden 1 Credit Union CEO Terry Halleck and board member Maria Cornelius were instrumental in launching The Golden 1 Fund for Medical Education.  
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Medical education — training the physicians, physicianresearchers and physician-educators of tomorrow — is a top priority at UC Davis and, in particular, the Department of Internal Medicine.

However, physician training requires an investment many times larger than the modest support offered by the state. "While we are totally committed to producing the finest physicians for the Central Valley and beyond," explains department chair Frederick J. Meyers, "our ability to lend support to that goal is limited financially."

Enter Maria Cornelius and The Golden 1 Credit Union. A board member at The Golden 1 and on the internal medicine department's community board, Cornelius is also Meyers' longtime friend and neighbor. She brought the two organizations together to form The Golden 1 Fund for Medical Education.

The Golden 1 Fund's goal is $1.5 million, which will be used to establish an endowed chair in Internal Medicine. To date, private contributions, including those from current UC Davis faculty and previous department graduates, have brought the fund over the halfway mark at more than $750,000.

Cornelius hopes to encourage grass roots support for the fund so that others like her can contribute "to helping provide a terrific resource for our region that they themselves might need in the future." A UC Davis patient herself, Cornelius sees her involvement as a way to support the institution and express her gratitude for the excellent care she receives. "My doctors at UC Davis always treat me like a person and take genuine interest in my care," she says. "Contributing to the value of education at UC Davis is my way of giving something back."

Terry Halleck, president and chief executive officer at The Golden 1, says the fund reflects the "People Helping People" philosophy of her industry. "We want a valuable, worthwhile way to support the community and to help ensure that the best physicians stay in this area," she explains.

The fund will also help UC Davis sustain its worldwide reputation as a leading academic medical institution. In a time when many physicians are leaving the medical field because of economic and organizational challenges, Meyers acknowledges that attracting the best people and providing them with the finest medical training and experience is critical. "The Golden 1 Fund enhances our efforts to reach our ultimate goal: improving the health of the community through medical education."

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  Help sustain the region's only academic medicalinstitution by sending your donation to The Golden 1 Fund  Be sure to specify "The Golden 1 Fund" on both the check and envelope. Please make checks payable to UC Regents. You do not need to be a member of The Golden 1 Credit Union to contribute. If you or your organization would like to  support other UC Davis School of Medicine and Medical Center programs, please call (916) 734-9400 for more information. We appreciate your support.  
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