Skip to main content

The Bates Center’s “Preserving our Future” Campaign Makes History

As health care continues to evolve with anticipated and unanticipated consequences, using the lessons of history to shape and inform the future has never been more relevant. And with the record-breaking success of The Bates Center’s Preserving our Future Campaign, these lessons will be more accessible than ever before.

“The individual and collective efforts that led to the success of the Bates Center Campaign will have lasting impact. The support affirms the importance of a nursing perspective in the history of health and medicine, and will ensure that the next generation of scholars keep the present and past contributions of nurses central to the narrative,” said Penn Nursing Dean, Antonia Villarruel. “Penn Nursing is committed to transforming health care globally; the Bates Center is critical for advancing that mission, and we are thrilled to have such an incredible resource at the School.”

Launched in 2014, in celebration of the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing’s Twenty-fifth Anniversary, Preserving our Future had an initial fundraising goal of $750,000. However, after achieving this goal by the summer of 2017, the Center’s Development Committee made the bold and strategic decision to increase the Campaign goal to $1 million. All told, when the Campaign closed in January of 2018, it had raised $1,021,934. “This represents an extraordinary commitment of individuals and organizations who recognize the power of history in understanding the connections between past initiatives and future visions,” said Center Director Patricia D’Antonio. “We recommit to making their faith in the power of history a reality.”

Monies raised from Preserving our Future will play an integral role in the Bates Center’s ability to sustain and expand its scholarship, collections, and resources that advance the conversation around the nursing profession’s many contributions to health care. From acquisitions to scholarly support, the history of nursing and its influence on health care practice, education, science, and policy will be understood for generations to come.

“Chairing the Bates Center’s Preserving our Future Campaign was a cherished honor. Indeed, our past informs our present, and will secure our future,” explained Campaign Chair, Susan Weiss Behrend, Nu’80, Gnu’86, RN, MSN, AOCN.  “Thank you to all who supported our efforts and collectively enabled us to exceed our goal, which will support the scholarly work of this pivotal academic center.”