News from Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence
Hunter College President's Medal Awarded to Donald and Barbara Jonas
for Visionary Philanthropy, Commitment to Nursing
Couple honored at university's 200th commencement ceremony
NEW YORK - Donald and Barbara Jonas, founders of the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence, have received the Hunter College President's Medal in recognition of their visionary philanthropy, notably their work in health care and their commitment to advancing the nursing profession.
The award was presented on January 21, 2010 at the university's 200th commencement ceremony. Recent recipients of the President's Medal include Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Nicholas Scoppetta, a former Fire Commissioner of the City of New York, and Sila M. Calderon, the former governor of Puerto Rico.
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"It is humbling and gratifying to be honored in this way by Hunter College, one of New York and the nation's preeminent public universities and a leader in nursing education, for work that we believe is simply the right thing to do," said Barbara Jonas. "We are enormously proud that through the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence we are able to support promising Hunter College students so that they can help change the future of health care."
The Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence was established by the Barbara and Donald Jonas Family Fund in 2006 as a first-of-its kind philanthropic program dedicated to addressing the nursing shortage through innovative clinical practice and academic programs. The Jonas Center's work encompasses breakthrough grant programs, acting as a convener for cross-sector collaboration and spearheading efforts to shape health policy. The Jonas Family Fund also supports select initiatives in mental health and at-risk families and youth.
Hunter College is among the grantees of the Jonas Center's inaugural grant program, Who Will Care for Me?, which was launched in 2006 and awarded 12 grants to partnerships among New York City academic institutions and clinical practice settings to promote nurse recruitment and retention, increase ethnic and racial diversity among nurses, and advance innovative practice models and improve practice environments in New York City and beyond. Under this program, the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing , the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Visiting Nurse Service of New York partnered to advance student and faculty literacy in new information technology, including state-of-the-art electronic patient information systems in hospitals and home-care settings.
"Hunter College has a well-deserved reputation of training highly skilled, dedicated nurses and we hope that our Jonas Center work with Hunter will encourage other organizations and individuals to partner with this venerable institution," said Donald Jonas. "To receive Hunter's prestigious President's Award is a tremendous honor and also a reminder of a responsibility we all have to help nurses, to whom we entrust our care and who are the unsung heroes of our healthcare system."
About the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence
Founded in February of 2006, the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence (www.jonascenter.org)
is supported by the Barbara and Donald Jonas Family Fund. Its mission is to advance professional nursing through grant making and programs that improve nurse recruitment and retention, increase ethnic and racial diversity among the nursing workforce, advance innovative practice models and improve practice settings in New York City.