School of Nursing Wins Gold for Leadership and Effective Programs

March 28, 2006

The University of Rochester School of Nursing has been awarded Empire State Gold certification, a recognition of innovation and growth at the school.

“We found a visionary leadership team, a collaborative culture, and a well-prepared faculty that is focused on student success,” said George Hansen, executive director of Empire State Advantage, the organization that gives the award.

Empire State Advantage, Inc. is a public/private partnership formed to help build economic competitiveness and improve the quality of life in the state. The organization conducts onsite reviews of organizations and businesses that are based on national quality standards.

The University’s School of Nursing is the only nursing school in the state to receive Gold certification. 

“We found strong community and alumni support, extensive partnerships and a high level of financial responsibility and stability,” Hansen said. “And we found a history over recent years of innovative new programs and growth that will position the School of Nursing as a vital resource in improving healthcare delivery, both within and beyond the greater Rochester community.”

The Empire Gold award will be presented to Joel Seligman, University president, and Patricia Chiverton, Ed.D., dean of the School of Nursing, at a ceremony Thursday, April 6. Hansen, Ronald Knight, chairman of Empire State Advantage and group president of Harris Interactive, and Linda Janczak, director of Empire State Advantage and CEO of Thompson Health, will speak at the ceremony, which begins at 3 p.m. in the Evarts Lounge in Helen Wood Hall.

The Gold certification is awarded to educational organizations that have outstanding leadership and highly effective programs and practices that have been refined and improved over time, according to Empire State Advantage. Performance results across key areas, including student achievement, staff effectiveness, operational efficiency, and financial results, show overall positive trends and favorable comparisons against goals and external benchmarks.

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