By Tim Ryan

In a landmark event, Old Dominion University (ODU) and Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) have officially announced their integration, forming Virginia’s largest academic health sciences center. Effective July 1, 2024, the merger aims to address critical healthcare needs and elevate the region’s educational and medical services.

Key highlights from the celebration include a $20 million donation from Dennis and Jan Ellmer, which created significant scholarships for health sciences students, and a $20 million gift from Joan Brock, which established the Macon & Joan Brock Virginia Health Sciences at ODU. These transformative contributions underscore the commitment to fostering healthcare excellence and accessibility in Hampton Roads.

Governor Glenn Youngkin and other state leaders emphasized the merger’s potential to enhance regional health outcomes, address workforce shortages, and attract top medical talent. The partnership with Sentara Health, pledging $350 million over the next decade, further solidifies the center’s future.

This integration signifies a new era of opportunity and innovation in healthcare and education for Hampton Roads, promising improved healthcare access and groundbreaking medical advancements.