The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston has announced a $25 million gift from Jane and Robert Cizik in support of its school of nursing.
The largest gift in the school's history will establish endowed scholarships for nursing students; endow chairs that can be used to recruit, reward, and retain outstanding faculty members; provide a research endowment for innovative research; and create a distinguished lecture series. In recognition of the gift, the school will be renamed the Jane and Robert Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth.
Robert Cizik — former president of Cooper Industries, a manufacturer of engines, turbines, and compressors for the oil and natural gas industry — previously chaired a $10 million campaign for the construction of the nursing school's $57 million building, which opened in 2004. The Ciziks also previously made a naming gift to the Hermann Eye Fund to establish the Robert Cizik Eye Clinic, where UTHealth ophthalmologists practice.
"Texas will have a shortage of thirty thousand registered nurses by 2030 if we do not increase our graduate numbers," said Lorraine Frazier, dean of the Cizik School. "The millennial generation is stepping up to take the increasingly complex jobs of retiring nurses. Many, however, need significant scholarship assistance. We are extremely grateful to the Ciziks for help to meet the needs of these talented students who are dedicated to the profession of nursing."
"We have witnessed firsthand the level of caring for patients at UTHealth that goes well beyond ordinary treatment," said Jane Cizik. "It does not stop with diagnosis and tests, but heals with genuine concern for each patient. This extraordinary spirit of 'patient first' trickles down from the executives to the doctors and nurses and the support staff at UTHealth who make this vision of care so successful. We are truly grateful to be able to lend our name to this concept of care for the future of nursing."