Since the Campaign for Health launched, more than 90,000 individual gifts have made a positive impact on patients from throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia and around the world — and on the Health System’s top-notch students, faculty and staff. The campaign has made possible exceptional care in the new Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center, driven a new generation of medical and nursing education in the Claude Moore Medical and Nursing education buildings as well as the renovated McLeod Hall, and furthered the search for lifesaving therapies and cures in the Carter-Harrison Research Building. Private funding has also advanced diabetes care and research, funded promising clinical trials in cancer and allowed new directions in Alzheimer’s disease research and care. During the campaign, 28 new professorships and 44 new scholarships were established in the schools of Medicine and Nursing, and several new patient support programs were introduced, including high-risk counseling initiatives and specialized clinics in the Heart Center. The Ivy Foundation contributed $45 million, of which $15 million served as the lead gift for the Battle Building at U.Va. Children’s Hospital, a comprehensive outpatient facility for children and families set to open in 2014.
A Revolutionary Clinical Trial
A potentially life-changing, scalpel-free surgical treatment for patients with tremor-dominant Parkinson’s disease is being investigated at U.Va.’s Focused Ultrasound Center, thanks to a partnership between the U.Va. Health System, the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Focused Ultrasound Foundation and philanthropic support from a variety of donors. The first of its kind in the world, the clinical trial will study the safety and effectiveness of focused ultrasound in alleviating Parkinson’s symptoms. By managing the disabling symptoms of movement disorders, doctors hope to improve patients’ quality of life. If successful, focused ultrasound might one day prove useful in treating epilepsy, brain tumors and stroke.
Innovative Breast Cancer Care and Research
For more than 20 years, proceeds from the Charlottesville Women’s Four Miler — Virginia’s largest all-women race — have supported the work of the U.Va. Breast Care Program. Thanks to incredible community support, the race has raised more than $3 million for patients facing a breast cancer diagnosis. The race supports education, support services and promising breast cancer research at the University. The funds help provide mammograms for underserved women.
Gifts at Work
Preparing More Nurses for a Future in Health Care
With a growing national demand for highly skilled nurses, a $5 million gift from Bill and Joanne Conway will enable the School of Nursing to double the size of the Clinical Nurse Leader master’s degree program. The CNL program accepts students with a bachelor’s degree in another field and puts them on the fast track to the nursing profession. The gift created the Conway Scholars Program, which provides need-based scholarships that remove financial obstacles to entering the nursing profession. The program has already made a difference. This year, the school welcomed an expanded class of CNL students, including six Conway Scholars, who were selected based on qualifications such as financial need, commitment to service and an interest in underserved and vulnerable populations. These students are experiencing their nursing education in a unique way, with encouragement to seek positions focused on communities in need or vulnerable populations. The Conway gift also supports faculty teaching in the CNL program and has enabled three outstanding new hires. In addition, the support will establish a second clinical site in an underserved region of Virginia, targeting students who will be able to provide care in their home communities.