The Philip and Barbara Long Family Foundation made a generous donation to the TidalHealth Foundation in support of the GME SPARK Campaign. In the photo, from the left, are Dr. Steven Leonard, president/CEO of TidalHealth; Dr. Simona Eng, designated institution official and AVP Graduate Medical Education at TidalHealth; Jessica Hales, TidalHealth Foundation president; Angie McLaughlin, director, The Philip and Barbara Long Family Foundation; Julie Gardner, director, The Philip and Barbara Long Foundation and Jim Hartstein, TidalHealth Foundation Board chairperson.

The support for TidalHealth’s Graduate Medical Education (GME) SPARK campaign grew significantly recently with a $110,000 donation from the Philip and Barbara Long Family Foundation. The donation, through the TidalHealth Foundation, is partially in support of the new Edward Q. Wilgus Community Clinic on East Church St. in Salisbury, which will serve as home base for the health system’s internal medicine residents. The donation will also be used for the purchase of medical technology and training tools for the Simulation Center at TidalHealth Peninsula Regional where residents train.

By 2034, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) anticipates doctor shortages of between 38,000 and 124,000 as an aging physician population nears retirement. It’s why TidalHealth has launched a GME program to include residency and fellowship training programs. 

For more information on the GME program or on how you can offer support, visit or contact the TidalHealth Foundation at 410-543-7140 or