November 9, 2007

Partners In Health effort raises $1.5 million

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Partners In Health effort raises $1.5 million

Faculty of the Schools of Medicine and Nursing gave nearly $1.5 million as part of the 2007 Partners In Health Campaign, a yearlong, internal fund-raising effort for Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Nearly 34 percent of all medical and nursing faculty contributed. Nine departments achieved a 50 percent or greater participation.

While the Medical Center participates in a few targeted fund-raising activities each year, the Partners In Health Campaign is the only one geared toward faculty, with the ultimate goal of raising funds to pursue the Medical Center's academic mission.

Faculty co-chairs for the 2007 campaign were Marilyn Dubree, M.S.N., R.N., executive chief nursing officer, and Paul Sternberg, M.D., chair of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and director of the Vanderbilt Eye Institute. Both Dubree and Sternberg have agreed to chair the 2008 campaign.

“One of the best ways to structure a strong health care community is for all members to be involved in every facet of the structure — including the philanthropy,” said Dubree. “It is very important for the nursing and medical faculty to own the process of funding special projects and other programs, and Partners In Health has provided a way to do that.”

Sternberg added, “With shrinking clinical margins and reduced federal funding for research, the building of our department endowment will ensure our future success. The generous and enthusiastic participation of our faculty in supporting these efforts with their own contributions has been an essential component to our success in soliciting donations from the community.”

The public launch of the 2008 campaign will come in March, with special emphasis on giving between April and June. Faculty chairs will soon be receiving information about the 2008 Partners In Health Campaign.

For more information, contact Susan Richardson at or 343-7531.

Top Departments: faculty campaign participation

Thoracic Surgery — 100%

Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences — 93%

Emergency Medicine — 72%

Cell Biology — 58%

Biomedical Informatics — 58%

Biostatistics — 56%

Anesthesiology — 55%

Medical Education and Administration — 53%

Pediatric Surgery — 50%