Children’s Hospital Los Angeles on Wednesday announced a “landmark” gift of $25 million from an anonymous donor to be used to improve nursing education, development and research programs.
The hospital called the gift “one of the largest charitable investments ever made in a children’s hospital care program.”
“Nurses are the indispensable foundation of our hospital — a key component of the compassionate, family-centered care that Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is known for,” said Paul S. Viviano, CHLA’s president and CEO, in a statement.
“Here and across the country, COVID-19 has taken a significant toll on nurses and clinical staff. This gift is an unqualified testament to the priority this generous donor, CHLA and the philanthropic community at large have placed in supporting our nurses. especially during the challenges of the ongoing pandemic.”
According to the hospital, the gift will be used for the following.
- Expanding CHLA’s New Graduate RN Residency and Transition Fellowship training programs for nurses, preparing early-stage and mid-career nurses for a pediatric specialty.
- Increased research funding for CHLA’s postdoctoral fellowship program.
- Support and sponsorship of nursing education in areas such as trauma, neonatology and nephrology.
- Increased support for new nurses early in their careers through improvements in mentorship and other professional development opportunities.
- Expanded funding for research projects by nurses.
“This transformative gift allows us to invest in the education and advancement of nurses at every stage of their careers, whether they are recent nursing graduates, mid-career nurses looking to move into pediatric care, or those transitioning into pediatric care experienced clinical staff who bring an unparalleled wealth of knowledge and tableside care,” said Nancy Lee, the hospital’s chief clinical officer and chief nursing officer.
“These investments are being made based on the feedback we’ve received from the caregivers themselves, who have asked for more opportunities to learn and grow.”
The $25 million gift is the second major inflow the hospital has received in recent times. CHLA has also been awarded a $2.1 million three-year Workplace Resiliency Training Grant from the Federal Health Resources and Services Administration. That money will be used for “the continued commitment to the well-being and mental health of our team members,” according to the hospital.
Referring to the $25 million anonymous donation, Viviano said, “CHLA owes the anonymous donor a remarkable debt of gratitude for this act of selfless philanthropy and visionary leadership.”
“With this $25 million gift, CHLA will be able to make a significant and meaningful difference in the lives of our nurses and, in turn, the hundreds of thousands of precious children who are entrusted to our care each year,” added Viviano.