West Coast University recently pledged $1.5 million to a fund to strengthen Nursing Professional Education at Miami’s family-centered Nicklaus Children's Hospital.
The university made the pledge to the Miami Children's Health Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that administers resources for the hospital.
"Nicklaus Children's has a long-standing tradition of leadership and clinical excellence, and this partnership with West Coast University will support maintaining the highest standard in nursing care for children along with educational opportunities for our nurses," Jackie Gonzalez, senior vice president and chief nursing officer for Nicklaus Children's Hospital, said.
The West Coast University Fund for Nursing Excellence & Evidence-Based Practice will allocate long-term financial support to the facility known for its high standard of patient care. West Coast University was founded in Los Angeles in 1909 and has grown into a national health care training entity with six campuses in several states including Florida.
The university’s David Pyle, a principal and board member, commended the Nicklaus Children's Hospital, calling it “a great partner to the entire Miami community” and pledging continued support. The hospital and university have worked together since 2013, when the two entities created a clinical nursing partnership.
"We are so thankful to West Coast University for the support of our nursing program which will ultimately impact the care provided in our facilities," Miami Children's Health Foundation President and CEO Lucy Morillo said. "Nurses are an integral part of our Nicklaus Children's Hospital medical team, and this generous donation gives us the opportunity to come together for the children of our community and beyond."