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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/166385
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
A Philanthropic Program to Promote Excellence in Nursing
Author(s):
Hitchings, Kim; Capuano, Terry Ann
Author Details:
Kim Hitchings, MSN, RN, CNAA, BC, Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network, Allentown, PA, email: kim.hitchings@lvh.com ; Terry Ann Capuano, MBA, MSN, RN, CAN, BC, FACHE
Abstract:
HEALTHCARE ORGANIZATION DESCRIPTION: Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network (LVHHN) includes, among other services, three hospitals, two in Allentown and one in Bethlehem, PA, with a total of 988 beds. The nursing staff comprises more than 2,000 registered nurses. BACKGROUND OF PRACTICE INNOVATION: More than 20 years ago, Lehigh Valley residents Richard and Peggy Fleming recognized high quality nursing care by donating $100,000 to promote excellence in nursing practice, education, and research at Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network (LVHHN), Allentown, PA. In turn, the enhancement of practice allows nurses to better serve the community. Over the ensuing years, this initial act is moved forward in an ever expanding and continuously evolving cycle by LVHHN nurses and their community. Titled "Friends of Nursing," the program was adopted to signify a model for community support of nursing within LVHHN. From inception, the intent was to recruit philanthropic dollars. With their $100,000 gift in 1987, Mr. and Mrs. Fleming became our first "friends of nursing" and a conceptual framework of philanthropy to benefit nurses themselves and the profession as a whole was born. PRACTICE INNOVATION PURPOSE: To establish a formal philanthropic program to promote recognition for and excellence in nursing practice, education, and research at Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network; recruit philanthropic dollars on an ongoing basis as a strategic investment in nursing; create endowed trust funds to allow the donated principal dollars to grow perpetually; continuously communicate the Friends of Nursing program purpose; and communicate the LVHHN FON concept to the health care community as a model for other organizations and nursing services throughout the United States and abroad. PRACTICE INNOVATION OBJECTIVES: (1) Is it feasible to raise philanthropic funds from individual donors in the LVHHN regional community? (2) What philanthropic and operational tenets will prove successful to sustain and continuously enhance philanthropy associated with the nursing profession? (3) Can the philanthropic model LVHHN be replicated in other health care organizations throughout the United States and abroad? PRACTICE INNOVATION IMPLEMENTATION: Three philanthropic tenets always embedded in the FON effort are: (a) perception by potential donors that the beneficiary is deserving and the donation will be invested wisely; (b) Illustration of strength by the beneficiary; and (c) Established, continuing relationships. PRACTICE INNOVATION OUTCOMES: (1) The Anne Constance and Carol Robert Anderson Trusts. In 2001, LVHHN received its largest single gift in the Network's history -- $29,000,000 -- from the Trusts of Anne and Carl Anderson. The trust stipulates the gift be used to "support the teaching hospital activities" of Lehigh Valley Hospital. The Peggy Fleming Chair in Nursing. (2) In 2002, after more than 15 years of being closely associated with our nursing staff and enjoying a mutually gratifying relationship, Richard Fleming donated $1,500,000 to endow the Peggy Fleming Chair in Nursing, in his wife's honor. What makes the Chair in Nursing particularly significant is its uniqueness. Although chairs in nursing have been established in university-related hospitals, this is the only such chair known to exist in a community teaching hospital. (3) Nite Lites. Each year our Network sponsors Nite Lites, a 'black tie' Gala fundraising event. The beneficiary is usually a specific clinical service, such as pediatrics, cardiology, or neuroscience. (4) The Elsa Farr Gift to Nursing. The single, largest gift designated to support nursing occurred within the past two years when upon her death, Elsa Farr, wife of shoe store proprietor Harvey Farr, donated $23 million dollars from her trust to support LVHHN nurses who want to return to school, attend professional conferences, earn special certifications, and pursue other professional excellence presentations. (5) A Community of Caring. While the dollars available to nursing from these milestone donations is significant, the extraordinary innovation of our dedicated focus for nursing philanthropy is that gifts to nursing have come from literally thousands of our community members. CONCLUSIONS: Philanthropy in healthcare settings is quite common and ordinary. What is unique about philanthropy at LVHHN are the following quantitative facts: (1) For more than 20 years, there has been a dedicated, conceptual framework for nursing philanthropy - to serve as a stimulus and guide to recruit those dollars and spend them in a prudent and wise manner. (2) A very significant amount of philanthropic dollars from literally thousands of donors have been utilized to support a diverse range of activities to impact and advance the professional excellence of nurses and quality patient care. (3) The program has become a model for other organizations and nursing services throughout the United States and abroad.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2008
Conference Name:
ANCC Magnet Practice Innovations
Conference Host:
American Nurses Credentialing Center
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host for further details regarding this item.

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dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleA Philanthropic Program to Promote Excellence in Nursingen_GB
dc.contributor.authorHitchings, Kimen_US
dc.contributor.authorCapuano, Terry Annen_US
dc.author.detailsKim Hitchings, MSN, RN, CNAA, BC, Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network, Allentown, PA, email: kim.hitchings@lvh.com ; Terry Ann Capuano, MBA, MSN, RN, CAN, BC, FACHEen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/166385-
dc.description.abstractHEALTHCARE ORGANIZATION DESCRIPTION: Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network (LVHHN) includes, among other services, three hospitals, two in Allentown and one in Bethlehem, PA, with a total of 988 beds. The nursing staff comprises more than 2,000 registered nurses. BACKGROUND OF PRACTICE INNOVATION: More than 20 years ago, Lehigh Valley residents Richard and Peggy Fleming recognized high quality nursing care by donating $100,000 to promote excellence in nursing practice, education, and research at Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network (LVHHN), Allentown, PA. In turn, the enhancement of practice allows nurses to better serve the community. Over the ensuing years, this initial act is moved forward in an ever expanding and continuously evolving cycle by LVHHN nurses and their community. Titled "Friends of Nursing," the program was adopted to signify a model for community support of nursing within LVHHN. From inception, the intent was to recruit philanthropic dollars. With their $100,000 gift in 1987, Mr. and Mrs. Fleming became our first "friends of nursing" and a conceptual framework of philanthropy to benefit nurses themselves and the profession as a whole was born. PRACTICE INNOVATION PURPOSE: To establish a formal philanthropic program to promote recognition for and excellence in nursing practice, education, and research at Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network; recruit philanthropic dollars on an ongoing basis as a strategic investment in nursing; create endowed trust funds to allow the donated principal dollars to grow perpetually; continuously communicate the Friends of Nursing program purpose; and communicate the LVHHN FON concept to the health care community as a model for other organizations and nursing services throughout the United States and abroad. PRACTICE INNOVATION OBJECTIVES: (1) Is it feasible to raise philanthropic funds from individual donors in the LVHHN regional community? (2) What philanthropic and operational tenets will prove successful to sustain and continuously enhance philanthropy associated with the nursing profession? (3) Can the philanthropic model LVHHN be replicated in other health care organizations throughout the United States and abroad? PRACTICE INNOVATION IMPLEMENTATION: Three philanthropic tenets always embedded in the FON effort are: (a) perception by potential donors that the beneficiary is deserving and the donation will be invested wisely; (b) Illustration of strength by the beneficiary; and (c) Established, continuing relationships. PRACTICE INNOVATION OUTCOMES: (1) The Anne Constance and Carol Robert Anderson Trusts. In 2001, LVHHN received its largest single gift in the Network's history -- $29,000,000 -- from the Trusts of Anne and Carl Anderson. The trust stipulates the gift be used to "support the teaching hospital activities" of Lehigh Valley Hospital. The Peggy Fleming Chair in Nursing. (2) In 2002, after more than 15 years of being closely associated with our nursing staff and enjoying a mutually gratifying relationship, Richard Fleming donated $1,500,000 to endow the Peggy Fleming Chair in Nursing, in his wife's honor. What makes the Chair in Nursing particularly significant is its uniqueness. Although chairs in nursing have been established in university-related hospitals, this is the only such chair known to exist in a community teaching hospital. (3) Nite Lites. Each year our Network sponsors Nite Lites, a 'black tie' Gala fundraising event. The beneficiary is usually a specific clinical service, such as pediatrics, cardiology, or neuroscience. (4) The Elsa Farr Gift to Nursing. The single, largest gift designated to support nursing occurred within the past two years when upon her death, Elsa Farr, wife of shoe store proprietor Harvey Farr, donated $23 million dollars from her trust to support LVHHN nurses who want to return to school, attend professional conferences, earn special certifications, and pursue other professional excellence presentations. (5) A Community of Caring. While the dollars available to nursing from these milestone donations is significant, the extraordinary innovation of our dedicated focus for nursing philanthropy is that gifts to nursing have come from literally thousands of our community members. CONCLUSIONS: Philanthropy in healthcare settings is quite common and ordinary. What is unique about philanthropy at LVHHN are the following quantitative facts: (1) For more than 20 years, there has been a dedicated, conceptual framework for nursing philanthropy - to serve as a stimulus and guide to recruit those dollars and spend them in a prudent and wise manner. (2) A very significant amount of philanthropic dollars from literally thousands of donors have been utilized to support a diverse range of activities to impact and advance the professional excellence of nurses and quality patient care. (3) The program has become a model for other organizations and nursing services throughout the United States and abroad.en_US
dc.date.available2011-10-27T15:32:32Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T15:32:32Z-
dc.conference.date2008en_US
dc.conference.nameANCC Magnet Practice Innovationsen_US
dc.conference.hostAmerican Nurses Credentialing Centeren_US
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