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UW Medical Foundation Receives 2009 Urban League President's Philanthropy Award

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MADISON - The Urban League of Greater Madison announced that UW Medical Foundation was selected as the recipient of the 2009 Urban League President's Philanthropy Award.
The award was presented before a crowd of more than 400 Urban League supporters and community and business leaders at the League's 41st Anniversary Celebration on August 7 at the The Edgewater in Madison. The award was accepted by William Schrum, UW Medical Foundation vice president of human resources and an advocate of the program since its formative years.
"The Urban League has long been known in communities around the country as a cornerstone for development," Schrum said. "In Madison, in particular, the organization has evolved remarkably as a resource for people and business in our changing community. They work to build people, not employees. They coach, mentor and build self-confidence, regardless of the individual's choice of job. We are proud of our partnership with them." 
The award is presented each year to an outstanding business or individual that exemplifies the type of community-minded partner that helps make the community a better place for all of its citizens, particularly those who are the most marginalized from the economic mainstream.
UW Medical Foundation is the clinical practice organization for the faculty physicians of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, the largest academic, multi-specialty physician group in Wisconsin. They provide clinical sites, technical and professional staff and administrative services to UW faculty physicians and are a major employer in one of the key growth sectors of the local economy, providing great career opportunities for graduates of the Urban League's Medical Administrative Training Program (MATP) - an innovative program that trains workers for clerical and administrative careers in the health care sector.
Over the last few years, UW Medical Foundation has provided more than $50,000 in financial support to the Urban League, including a $20,000 investment in the campaign to construct a new Center for Economic Development and Workforce Training in South Madison and nearly $15,000 to support the Medical Administrative Training Program.
"It was not just their financial investment that led to them being selected for this award," Urban League CEO Edward Lee said. "Their commitment to the League includes a tremendous amount of in-kind support: their staff have been instructors for the MATP program, thus providing practical knowledge in helping the participants in the program develop as a professional in the medical setting. Their staff serve as mentors and guides to program participants through the work experience and internship components of the program. Their staff even trains program participants in using EPIC software - cutting edge software used for functions like patient registration and medical records."
Lee went on to explain that "these are tremendous experiences that give our clients a competitive advantage when they try to get their foot in the door in this booming industry. It should come as no surprise then, that UW Medical Foundation has also hired many of the program's graduates over the years."

Date Published: 09/03/2009

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