The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, Sacramento, received a $2.5 million gift from Dignity Health to create the school’s first endowed deanship. The inaugural holder of the Dignity Health Dean’s Chair in Nursing Leadership is Heather M. Young, PhD, RN, FAAN, according to a press release.
Young is a nationally recognized expert in gerontological nursing and rural healthcare, and founding dean of the School of Nursing, according to the release.
The endowed deanship provides funds, for use at the dean’s discretion, to support teaching, research and outreach. Ultimately, the endowment provides the dean the opportunity to realize her vision and advance the mission of the SON.
Because endowed gifts are invested so their earnings can be spent, they provide valuable income, year after year, creating a lasting impact, according to the release. The endowed deanship makes it possible for the school to attract and retain future deans of the highest caliber, who are nationally or internationally renowned, and enables them to lead a transformation in healthcare that will last for generations to come, according to the release.
“As the founding dean tasked with the incredible opportunity to create a school that transforms healthcare through nursing education, leadership and research, I am filled with appreciation that the Dignity Health team recognizes the importance of investment in our mission,” Young said in the release. “I am also humbled that I am the first named to this deanship.”
Dignity Health President and CEO Lloyd H. Dean said the San Francisco-based health system, made the financial commitment to UC Davis because of the SON’s academic focus to develop nurse leaders of the future through high-caliber programs, which will allow healthcare leaders to leverage the nursing profession to better address the critical needs of healthcare systems.
“As an organization that was founded by sisters who came to San Francisco and provided nursing care, Dignity Health takes tremendous pride in the nurses who are changing lives in our hospitals every day,” said Dean in the release. “The U.S. healthcare system is at a crossroads and we have a responsibility to support the next generation of nurses and ensure that more exceptional caregivers are entering the profession.”