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U.Va. School Uses Its Largest Outright Gift To Establish Chair In Pediatric Nursing

June 16, 2000 -- An anonymous benefactor has given the University of Virginia’s School of Nursing its largest-ever outright gift, $1 million to endow the new Centennial Distinguished Professorship in Pediatric Nursing.

"This generous donor has set a new standard for School of Nursing development," said School of Nursing Dean Jeannette Lancaster. "More importantly, this gift will have a major impact on the education and research in the area of pediatrics that we can provide nursing students."

Pediatric health care has long been a strength of the University Health System, which includes both the Children’s Medical Center and the Kluge Children’s Rehabilitation Center. Nursing students learn pediatric care in those settings, as well as taking part in outreach and prevention programs in schools, Head Start facilities, hospices and other community facilities.

Income from the Centennial chair’s endowment will enhance those strengths by allowing the school to compete for a leader in the field of pediatric nursing when the formal search process begins in the fall. In addition, the chair holder will be eligible to receive matching state funds provided through the University’s Eminent Scholars Fund.

The chair holder is expected to lead clinical pediatric nursing research, designed to improve nursing care for the young. One example of recent research in the field found that

pre-term infants who are fed their mother’s breast milk decreased their likelihood of living with disabilities, and saved health-care dollars as well.

The Board of Visitors officially established the chair at its meeting today.

The school’s largest previous outright gift of $500,000 established a professorship in oncology.

Contact: Karen Ratzlaff, (804) 924-0084

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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