The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) recently received a landmark gift of $25 million to the School of Nursing to give the school new resources and capacity to shape the future of nursing education and health care delivery. In honor of the donors Jane and Robert Cizik, the school will be renamed the Jane and Robert Cizik School of Nursing.

UTHealth President Giuseppe N. Colasurdo, MD, tells Newswise.com, “We seek to instill in nursing students passion for the gift of life, tireless devotion to learning and problem solving, and distinguished service to all. The Cizik family name is synonymous with passion, devotion and service to the people of Houston, Texas and beyond. This transformational gift will not only serve our students and faculty, but it will have a profound impact on our patients and the entire health care delivery system.”

Founded in 1972, the school has since been recognized as a place where exceptional faculty members help high-achieving students learn, discover and practice the art and science of nursing. UTHealth School of Nursing Dean Lorraine Frazier, PhD, RN, tells Newswise.com, “This gift – the largest in our school’s history – allows us to shape the future of nursing education and will powerfully enrich our long-term ability to prepare the nurses and nursing leaders who will care for our families, friends and neighbors.”

The Cizik family cited a deep appreciation for the nursing profession as their motivation for the generous gift. They recognize the importance of addressing the nursing shortage, and UTHealth Nursing’s potential to help. Their gift will establish endowed scholarships for well-qualified nursing students; endow chairs to recruit, reward, and retain outstanding faculty members; provide a research endowment offering perpetual funding for innovative research; and create a distinguished lecture series.

To learn more about the Cizik’s donation to UTHealth’s School of Nursing, visit here.

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