FAU received two gifts totaling $450,000 earmarked for Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing programs on the Treasure Coast campus. The gifts were established by three Treasure Coast hospitals, the St. Lucie Medical Center, Lawnwood Regional Medical Center and Heart Institute and Raulerson Hospital. The hospitals are part of HCA Health Services of Florida Inc.
Launching a partnership between FAU and the three hospitals, the gifts have been designed to address the Treasure Coast’s significant nursing shortage. As one of the premier programs in the country, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing is helping to build a strong healthcare workforce on the Treasure Coast by educating future nurses. As part of this collaboration, FAU nursing students will participate in clinical rotations at one of the three named hospitals.
The first gift will provide funding for two faculty appointments within the college on the Treasure Coast campus. As outlined in the gift agreement, each appointment will be for a period of two years, beginning in July 2006. The second gift will establish the “Treasure Coast Nursing Scholars” fund. This fund will enable FAU to award 20 scholarships to eligible degree-seeking, upper-level nursing students on the Treasure Coast.
"This most generous gift will have a transformative impact upon the Treasure Coast community," said Dr. Anne Boykin, dean of the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing. "With scholarship opportunities available to deserving students and two new faculty members, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing will grow alongside this rapidly developing region. We wish to thank our partner hospitals as they join us in bringing our nurses to the forefront of caring."