UAB gets $95M donation for School of Medicine
By WVUA 23 News Reporter Aajene Robinson
The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Medicine is getting a new name in honor of the person responsible for one of the biggest donations ever to the college.
Dr. Marnix Heersink is an eye surgeon, co-owner and chairman of Eye Center South in Dothan with a medical practice featuring 12 offices around Alabama, Florida and Georgia.
Heersink said he donated the money to what is now the UAB Heersink School of Medicine because he believes Alabama is underappreciated.
“We have realized if we can make a transformative gift to the future of the citizens of our state, we think it will go beyond that,” Heersink said. “We think it will go to a national level and hopefully an international level.”
UAB’s medical training is top-notch, Heersink said, and now the college can do even more for those interested in the medical field.
The donation will ensure the medical school can continue providing a learning environment for its students along with offering world-class health care for Alabamians.
Heersink School of Medicine Dean Dr. Selwyn Vickers said the Heersinks’ investment in the college’s future and legacy
“He is a leader and world-class opthalmologist and a tremendously successful entrepreneur and businessman,” Vickers said. “So again Marnix and Mary, thank you for your generosity, thank you for your values and thank you for your vision to invest in us. ”
Triton Health Systems is donating $5 million, bringing the total pledge to $100 million.
You can read more about the donation right here.