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Innovating for Life and Living Campaign Tour: Final Stop in NYC

While Penn Nursing’s Innovating for Life and Living Campaign continues, the multi-city tour came to a close in New York City on February 11, 2020, where it highlighted the 30th anniversary of the School’s Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research (CHOPR) and efforts to raise $1 million for the Center’s future. The event featured Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing, Antonia M. Villarruel, PhD, RN, FAAN, and a panel discussion led by CHOPR Founder and Director, Linda H. Aiken, PhD, RN, FAAN, FRCN.

Dean Villarruel noted, “Penn Nursing is the #1 ranked nursing school in the world—and the work of CHOPR is a critical part of why. CHOPR is the longest continuously NIH-funded PhD training program in nursing in the country, and under Dr. Aiken’s leadership the Center has changed the face of health and health care globally. The Innovating for Life and Living Campaign is all about ensuring that we embed innovation in everything we do, and we have had a great example in CHOPR.”

Over 100 donors and Penn Nursing friends turned out for the event, held at the Marriott Marquis. Special guest Ahrin Mishan, Executive Director of the Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation, was on hand to introduce Dean Villarruel. The Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation is a dedicated supporter of Penn Nursing, including the Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation.

The Innovating for Life and Living Campaign has harnessed the support and imagination of the Penn Nursing community, raising approximately 85 percent of its $60 million goal. Nadina Deigh, Vice Dean of Institutional Advancement, said, “With just over a year left in the Campaign, we are on track to meet and exceed our goals—a feat that will further infuse innovation through every facet of Penn Nursing. This Campaign is transforming the impact of nursing, and the $1 million mini-campaign to support CHOPR and its important work is further evidence of our School’s commitment to improved health and health care.”

Joined for the panel by colleagues Matthew D. McHugh, PhD, JD, MPH, RN, CRNP, FAAN, Independence Chair for Nursing Education and Associate Director of CHOPR, and Andrew Dierkes, PhD, a CHOPR post-doctoral fellow, Dr. Aikens dedicated her presentation that evening to the late Sam Fagin. This moment was particularly meaningful as Dr. Claire M. Fagin, Dean Emerita of Penn Nursing and Sam Fagin’s spouse, was a VIP guest for the event.