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Innovation At Penn Nursing Gets A Kickstart With Alumna Gift

Krista Pinola, Nu’86, and her husband Rich—both committed leaders at Penn Nursing and the greater nursing community—gave the inaugural gift in 2017 to launch the new Nursing Innovation Fund, an initiative that allows Penn Nursing to explore a variety of pathways toward building a culture of innovation.

Krista Pinola knows the true need for innovation in nursing. As a health care provider at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia since the late 1980s and, more recently, in her role as faculty here at Penn Nursing, she has seen first-hand that when nurses innovate, patients’ lives improve dramatically. “Supporting innovation at Penn Nursing provides a formal environment in which nursing leaders and students can collaborate across disciplines to develop creative solutions to health care challenges,” she says.

Krista is co-chair of the Friends of Penn Nursing committee and has served on the Penn Nursing Board of Overseers since 2009. Rich, too, has a clear vision of nursing innovation; he serves as co-chair of the Penn Nursing Innovation committee. He is also a member of Friends of Penn Nursing committee and Penn Nursing’s Advisory Board of The Bates History Center. He notes that the School’s impact is growing exponentially through the innovative spirit it fosters in students.

Since the launch of the Nursing Innovation Fund, Krista and Rich’s generous gift has inspired other funders to support the effort. The Nursing Innovation Fund is truly raising the stakes at Penn Nursing, building innovation into everything we do.