New Health Center Named After AME Zion Bishop

A scholarship fund aimed at supporting the education for underserved communities has been established in honor of Bishop George E. Battle, Jr., according to The Star of Zion.

Battle, an emeritus member of the Atrium Health Board of Commissioners and Atrium Health Foundation Board, has led efforts for affordable housing, parks, and small businesses throughout Biddleville-Five Points, a historically Black community in West Charlotte.

The scholarship is eligible to those who pursue a degree in health sciences at an Atrium Health-affiliated college or university, including Wake Forest School of Medicine, Carolinas College of Health Sciences and Cabarrus College of Health Sciences.

Atrium Health has committed to matching the initial $5 million to create a $10 million fund by the time the first students are seated at the Wake Forest School of Medicine in Charlotte in 2024.

“We believe Atrium Health can play a significant role in providing equity in access to both healthcare and education. And that first starts by ensuring that students from disadvantaged and low-income communities have equal opportunity to pursue careers in health sciences,” said Eugene A. Woods, president and CEO of Atrium Health, in an interview with WCCB Charlotte.

“Through the Bishop George E. Battle Jr. Scholarship Fund, our hope is that these young professionals will stay and join the Atrium Health family after they earn their degree – addressing the growing shortage of clinicians in both urban and rural communities across the Carolinas and beyond,” said Woods.

Battle has received more than 100 awards and honors during his career, including the Long Leaf Pine Award, the highest award bestowed by the state of North Carolina.

Source: Star of Zion