School Uses Its Largest Outright Gift To Establish Chair In Pediatric
16, 2000 -- An anonymous benefactor has given the
University of Virginias School of Nursing its largest-ever
outright gift, $1 million to endow the new Centennial Distinguished
Professorship in Pediatric Nursing.
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
health care has long been a strength of the University Health System,
which includes both the Childrens Medical Center and the Kluge
Childrens 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
from the Centennial chairs 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 Universitys Eminent Scholars Fund.
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
infants who are fed their mothers breast milk decreased their
likelihood of living with disabilities, and saved health-care dollars
Board of Visitors officially established the chair at its meeting
schools largest previous outright gift of $500,000 established
a professorship in oncology.
Karen Ratzlaff, (804) 924-0084