The Irvine Public Schools Foundation (IPSF) and Hoag Hospital Irvine have united to help raise money for nursing positions in the Irvine Unified School District (IUSD). Hoag features its Generations Wall, which gives donors an opportunity to purchase a personalized recognition tile that will be installed and permanently displayed at the medical facility. In turn, Hoag will match every donation cent for cent to help fund IUSD nurses for the next three years.
Thanks to the fundraising effort, a total of nine nurses in the Irvine Unified School District will serve at all 33 of the city’s schools and be available for 28,000 students. Currently, 50 donors have contributed over $128,000 to help fund the nursing positions.
The donors recently attended a breakfast reception, where they were given the first opportunity to view the Generations Wall and were honored, along with Hoag Hospital officials, for their support of Irvine schools by Neda Zaengle, the ISPF’s CEO. Other speakers included Robert Braithwaite, Hoag Hospital Irvine’s COO; Marcy Brown, executive director of Hoag Hospital Irvine; and Dr. Gwyn Parry, Hoag’s director of community medicine.
“The addition of a full-time nurse for the next three years funded by these donations to the Generations Wall significantly improves the level of service we can bring to students, by reducing the number of schools each nurse serves from five schools down to four,” said Marcia Noonan, health services coordinator for the IUSD.
Although the first phase of the Generations Wall is complete, a limited number of tiles are available for purchase to be applied to the Wall’s second phase.
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