“A big miracle in little Buies Creek”

Today’s building dedication ceremony featured about 20 speakers, including elected officials such as N.C. Governor Pat McCrory, health professionals, and students, faculty and administrators with Campbell University. Below are excerpts from those speeches, in the order in which they were delivered.

 “Without Dr. Wallace’s drive and determination, I think it’s a safe bet we would not be here today. The idea for the medical school came entirely from this remarkable man. The Campbell community, our county and the entire state of North Carolina needs to thank Dr. Wallace for his vision for medical school that will train doctors, physician assistants and other health care professions who will serve the medically underserved communities of our state.”  — Benjamin N. Thompson ’76, ’79, Chair of Campbell University Board of Trustees

“Here we are three years and seven months from the first thought of a possibility of a medical school at Campbell. A dean was recruited to recruit and employ faculty and staff. Students were recruited and enrolled. Accreditation was achieved. Eighty-million dollars was spent. And a 96,500-square-foot facility was built and finished. It really has happened. Did you get that? We have to pinch ourselves at times, but it really has happened. Another big miracle at little Buies Creek.” — Jerry Wallace, Campbell University President Jerry Wallace

 “You should never underestimate the value of Campbell University to Harnett County, the state of North Carolina, our nation, and to the world. Campbell has proved its worth over and over again. And the new School of Osteopathic Medicine may be the biggest and most important project ever undertaken by Campbell University. Remember it has been over 35 years since any college or university in North Carolina has attempted to open a medical school.” — Oscar N. Harris ’65, Mayor of Dunn, N.C.

“When my good friend Jerry Wallace first shared with me his vision for a medical school, I never doubted that it would be a reality. His body language, voice, and choice of words, told me it was not if, but when and not how but now… . I know Jerry is not finished yet.” — Jim Burgin, Chair of Harnett County Board of Commissioners

“To the students who have chosen to entire the honorable vocation of health care and to all those who make it possible through their financial support or sharing of their wisdom, I want to thank you for making the commitment to work toward a society where our people can truly experience a higher degree of wellness, of truly being able to remain healthy instead of only being treated when they are sick.” — David R. Lewis ’94, Representative of N.C. District 53

“From one academic medical center with a strong Baptist heritage [Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center] to a sister Baptist institution with aspirations to train tomorrow’s physicians and physician assistants, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center congratulates Campbell University on the opening of the Leon Levine Hall of Medical Sciences and welcome the School of Osteopathic Medicine and the physician assistant program to the good cause of medical education for the betterment of citizens of North Carolina and beyond.” — J. McLain Wallace Jr., Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

 “As you see this great facility and marvel at the wonderful technology, please also pay attention to the building itself and recall the words of C.H. Spurgeon, an English Baptist clergyman of the late 1800s who noted: ‘Faith goes up the stairs that love has built and looks out windows which hope has opened,” — William Pully ’79, president of N.C. Hospital Association

“We have a dream for a healthy North Carolina, and our dream is that every North Carolinian — particularly those most vulnerable, particularly those in rural communities — all will have easy access to high-quality primary care. We have a dream that North Carolina will someday have the problem of being overwhelmed with primary care physicians. The opening of this school helps us get one step closer to our dream come true.” — Dr. Karen McNeil-Miller, President of Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust

“When my good friend Jerry Wallace first shared with me his vision for a medical school, I never doubted that it would be a reality. His body language, voice, and choice of words, told me it was not if, but when and not how but now… . I know Jerry is not finished yet.” — Jim Burgin, Chair of Harnett County Board of Commissioners

 “Andrew Taylor Still, founder of osteopathic medicine, believed that the patient was a unit of body, mind and spirit. He also stated that to find the health of a patient should be the purview of a doctor; anyone can find a disease.  With the training of osteopathic physicians at Campbell University, we anticipate we we will be able to find the health of the citizens of North Carolina as our faith-based professions grows on this beautiful faith-based campus.” — Dr. Barbara E. Walker ’11 Hon.Sc.D.,  Campbell University Board of Trustees, American Osteopathic Association Trustee, and President Emeritus of N.C. Osteopathic Medical Association

 “It’s important to recognize that activities in the Leon Levine Hall of Medical Sciences will provide the foundation for our interprofessional training at Campbell University. This facility will make significant contributions to the education of all Campbell University’s health care programs, and we will look with great excitement to exposing our students to the tremendous education venues provided by this building.” —Dr. Ronald W. Maddox, Vice President of Health Programs & Dean of College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, and Chair of Harnett Health Board of Trustees

“Let me suggest this [ribbon cutting] is not a conclusion. This is the beginning. This facility [represents Campbell President Jerry Wallace’s vision that] will help sustain arts and sciences of medicine far beyond Buies Creek. This is a new beginning for Buies Creek, a new beginning for Campbell, for Harnett County, for North Carolina and for health care delivery throughout the country. As we celebrate the completion of this building, we recognize the far-reaching impact it will have on our communities.” — Thomas P. Colletti, Director of Physician Assistant Program

“Over the course of not one, not two, but four years, I received rejection letter after rejection letter — as many as 10 denials at one time — while trying to further my education and pursue my goal to become a PA.  It wasn’t because I wasn’t capable of or I couldn’t meet the demands of the rigorous program, but it was because it took a school like Campbell University to recognize and celebrate the total person — one with an engineering degree, one with a biology degree, a wife, a mother, and a woman with a strong faith and morals that represents the true essence of what it means to be Campbell Proud. It was in Carrie Rich Hall, a small brick structure, where my dream came to fruition. This was where my journey began. It was within these walls that I was pushed to the limit to be and do my best and be the best physician assistant that I can be… . Thanks to your contributions and unwavering support, I have no doubt that this building will be the platform and gateway for the next generation of health care providers and for individuals like myself to have the one chance they need to make a difference.” — Andrita Stokes, Student, Physician Assistant Program, Class of 2013

“The projected economic impact of the medical school through the first 10 years of operation is $300 million. Three-hundred million in a large city may not make much of an impact, but $300 million and the hundreds of well-paying jobs that will be created with these residency programs will be transformational for our rural communities, many of which have been hard hit by difficult economic times. ” — Dr. John M. Kauffman Jr., Dean of Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine

 “This is the first school of osteopathic medicine in the state of North Carolina and the first medical school of any kind in over 35 years. Not only is Campbell’s program unique in these ways, but also because of its Christian heritage and influence. Coupling faith with medical training may seem contradictory to some, but it is actually enhancing the way we will practice medicine and care for our patients. This is a class of firsts, and I believe I can speak for everyone when I say that we are striving to exceed all expectations that have been placed on us and set the standard for medical training in the state.” — Melissa Stout Davies ’10, Student, School of Osteopathic Medicine, Class of 2017

“For a long time my foundation has had a deep interest in providing quality health care for all. Without top-notch physicians, physician assistants, and other health care professionals we can’t begin to solve this critical challenge. Campbell’s plan to graduate 150 or more physicians and 40 physician assistants per year will go a long way in dealing with this challenging issue, especially right here in rural North Carolina.” — Leon Levine, President and Director of The Leon Levine Foundation and Founder and Chair Emeritus of Family Dollar Stores, Inc.

“Our greatest challenge in our country and in our state right now in such a tough economic time is to help rebuild rural North Caronia and rural towns… . Unless we convince doctors and those in medical professions to make their home in rural North Carolina, we’re not going to succeed in rebuilding rural North Carolina, and what Campbell has done is help us achieve this goal… . And [to the students,] … you’re entering medicine as a public servant, to serve the public, to help bring life and to help save life. Never lose the idealism … of why you are coming into medicine and into health care, and it is to serve — and that is what Campbell University is all about… .” — Pat McCrory, Governor of North Carolina

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