Gift to Geisinger Commonwealth benefits Clinton County medical students

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Stephen and Pamela Poorman Physician Annual Scholarship in Honor of Dr. Randle H. Storm and Dr. Sanjay Doddamani awarded to Renovo resident, Alexa Mills

Well-known Lock Haven philanthropists, Stephen and Pamela Poorman of Lock Haven, have made a significant investment in the future well-being of their community by establishing a scholarship at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (Geisinger Commonwealth). An entrepreneur and businessman, Mr. Poorman said he and his wife created the “Stephen and Pamela Poorman Physician Annual Scholarship in Honor of Dr. Randle H. Storm and Dr. Sanjay Doddaman” in appreciation of the “excellent care” he received at Geisinger Medical Center after suffering numerous health problems. The scholarship will benefit medical students who either reside in Clinton County or have graduated from Lock Haven University.

“My family and employees were covered under the Geisinger Health Plan for 25 years and Geisinger was always there. From suffering a heart attack to cancer and a stroke, I’ve spent months in the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. This stay gave me a firsthand experience of the professional and effective treatment delivered during my recovery. Geisinger physicians saved my life. In appreciation for this exceptional care, we made our contribution in recognition of Dr. Storm and Dr. Doddamani. Hopefully future students will maintain the Geisinger commitment to excellence, dedication and patient care exhibited by these men.”

The inaugural Stephen and Pamela Poorman Physician Annual Scholarship has been awarded to Alexa Mills, a member of Geisinger Commonwealth’s Class of 2021. “As a person deeply rooted in Clinton County, it is certainly an honor to not only have been awarded the first Poorman scholarship, but to represent both my hometown and Lock Haven University as a physician in training here at Geisinger Commonwealth. Many of my mentors and role models are part of the Geisinger community and, like Mr. Poorman, I have received years of outstanding care from Geisinger providers. As a physician, I will absolutely reflect the values upheld by Geisinger, and I am very excited to receive my medical training under a renowned healthcare system that is so embedded in the community.

Ms. Mills is a native of Renovo, Clinton County and is a 2016 graduate of Lock Haven University.

Seen from left are members of the Poorman family — Kathleen Simander, Pamela Fisher-Poorman, Stephen Poorman and Colin Simander – meeting with Steven J. Scheinman, M.D., president and dean of Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine; Poorman scholarship recipient, Alexa Mills of Renovo; and Susan Mathias, senior regional director of advancement, central-west, Geisinger Health Foundation.

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