(L-R) Dennis E. Nixon, CEO of IBC – Laredo; Sr. Kathleen Coughlin, CCVI, UIW vice president for institutional advancement; Dr. Robyn Madson, founding dean of SOM; David Garza, president of the Texas Osteopathic
Medical Association; and Enrique Gallegos, CEO of the Laredo Medical Center.

On Jan. 4, the IBC Foundation, administered by International Bank of Commerce (IBC Bank), presented a $250,000 donation to the University of Incarnate Word (UIW) School of Osteopathic Medicine (SOM) at an event held at the Laredo Medical Center. A formal presentation was made by Dennis E. Nixon, an administrator of the IBC Foundation, to Sr. Kathleen Coughlin, CCVI, UIW vice president of institutional advancement, and Dr. Robyn Madson, founding dean of the UIW School of Osteopathic Medicine.

The donation supports the development of the School of Osteopathic Medicine in areas such as the clinical skills lab for first and second year medical students. In addition, UIWSOM is partnering with the Laredo Medical Center to launch residency programs in Family and Internal Medicine as well as establish clinical rotations for third and fourth year medical students. 
“The donation is a natural fit for the IBC Foundation,” said Nixon. “With this gift we have the opportunity to support two of our bank’s communities – San Antonio and Laredo. This collaboration between UIW and the Laredo Medical Center will enhance the Laredo community by creating more opportunities for physicians in South Texas and providing care to those most in need.”

The UIW School of Osteopathic Medicine will welcome its inaugural class in Fall 2017. The school located at Brooks City Base, is the only medical school in Texas located at a faith-based university.

IBC Foundation’s gift to UIW supports San Antonio and directly impacts the citizens of Laredo, the location of IBC Bank’s headquarters. Established in 1998, the IBC Foundation helps organizations in the communities IBC Bank serves across Texas and Oklahoma do more.

Story and photo courtesy of IBC Corporate Communications/Laredo Morning Times.