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WesternU's East West Dinner raises money for student scholarships

by Rodney Tanaka

March 28, 2014

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Academic excellence, community service and commitment to philanthropy will take center stage at Western University of Health Sciences’ 8th Annual East West Scholarship Dinner.

The event, to be held April 12, 2014 in San Gabriel, Calif., will honor Jonathan Y.H. Wu, MD, PhD, President and Chairman of AHMC Healthcare Inc., operator of a Southern California network of hospitals that employs more than 2,500 physicians and treats more than 200,000 patients annually.

AHMC Healthcare Inc. operates several hospitals in the Greater Los Angeles area and Orange County: Alhambra Hospital Medical Center, AHMC Anaheim Regional Medical Center, Garfield Medical Center, Greater El Monte Community Hospital, Monterey Park Hospital, San Gabriel Valley Medical Center, and Whittier Hospital Medical Center. AHMC Healthcare Inc. is recognized for the finest culturally sensitive and compassionate care available to patients in the area, and for providing high-quality clinical care in a compassionate and caring environment.

Dr. Wu is a family practitioner by training, and served the San Gabriel Valley for more than 20 years in private practice. He continues to bring a physician’s perspective to making policy and financial decisions by understanding the unique health care and cultural needs of the communities served by AHMC Healthcare.

An advocate for health sciences education, Dr. Wu is involved in a number of initiatives to advance learning. He is a longtime supporter of WesternU and its focus on combining humanism with scientific knowledge.

The dinner also celebrates the accomplishments of WesternU students, who will receive more than $40,000 in scholarships.

“WesternU’s annual East West Dinner is an opportunity to celebrate something truly special: the service work done by dozens of students throughout our colleges, and the encouragement those same students receive thanks to the scholarships awarded through the East West program,” said WesternU President Philip Pumerantz, PhD.

The East West Scholarship Dinner raises money to provide scholarships each year to WesternU students in graduate nursing, osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, optometry, podiatric medicine, dental medicine and veterinary medicine. Applicants from all ethnic backgrounds are selected based on academic excellence, community service and financial need. Click here to visit the East West Scholarship Dinner website.

To date, more than 250 WesternU students have received awards totaling in excess of $347,500. Past scholarship recipients have gone on to become respected health care professionals, often pursuing their careers in underserved and economically disadvantaged areas.

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