Rathmann Family Foundation Endowed Chair in Patient-centered Clinical Education
The Rathmann Family Foundation Endowed Chair in Patient-centered Clinical Education was established in 2000 by the Rathmann Family Foundation.
The foundation’s board created the chair in response to a series of troubling incidents suffered by the Rathmanns’ friends and family in hospital and clinic settings around the country. In most cases, the problems did not stem from a lack of technology or expertise as much as from a lack of focus on the patient and a lack of meaningful communication with the patient’s family.
By endowing a chair for patient-centered clinical education at UW Medicine, the foundation wishes to recognize the excellence of UW Medicine’s faculty in both clinical and service positions as well as their ability to educate and inspire future physicians to practice patient-centered care.
George and Joy Rathmann established their family foundation in Washington in 1991. It provides grants for, among other things, the arts, education and the environment in cities/regions where family members spend time: San Francisco, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Baltimore-Washington, D.C., and southeastern Massachusetts.
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