Campaign Mike Warren

Birmingham’s business leaders are among The Campaign for UAB’s most generous supporters. Hundreds of companies – large and small, local and national – and their foundations have contributed more than $79 million toward our $1 billion goal.

Some were early investors. Others have made their commitments more recently, as opportunities to support new facilities and programs have arisen.

Medical Properties Trust has done both: After committing to a $1 million gift in 2014 to the new Collat School of Business building, the company doubled that promise in 2016.

Here’s what Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Edward K. Aldag, Jr., says about that most generous gift: Campaign MedPropTrust

Giving back to the community is extremely important, and we cannot imagine a better place to do that than in Birmingham and at UAB. When deciding where to establish our corporate headquarters as we launched the company in 2003, we chose Birmingham because we believed in its future. We believed we would be able to recruit people from all over the country to work here, and we wanted to be based in a city well-known for health care. Birmingham certainly fit the bill — thanks in great part to UAB.

When Dean Eric Jack came out earlier this year to update us on the School’s remarkable progress, we decided to double our commitment from $1 million to $2 million. The leadership at UAB, particularly in the Collat School of Business, has done an outstanding job in helping to bring a truly world-class business school to Birmingham. Dean Jack has done a great job in articulating his vision for the future, and we wanted to be sure the Board of Trustees and the Birmingham community knew how committed we are to the project.

We’re proud to help underwrite the new building for UAB’s Collat School of Business because we believe that education is the true foundation for community growth. As UAB continues to grow, that will only enhance our position in the health care industry — and Birmingham’s as well. We hope many others in the community will join us in supporting UAB, the main turbine powering the economy of the Birmingham region.

UAB’s academic, clinical, cultural and athletics programs continue to grow because of investments from corporate partners like Medical Properties Trust, as well as from generous alumni, grateful patients and others who share our commitment to the people and the community this university serves.

Birmingham and UAB are intertwined in ways that strengthen both. As one prospers, so does the other. The Campaign for UAB’s continued progress toward our $1 billion goal reflects that connection.

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W. Michael Warren
Co-Chair, The Campaign for UAB