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Patricia A. Chiverton, Ed.D., R.N., F.N.A.P., dean and professor at the University of Rochester School of Nursing and vice president of Strong Health Nursing, will step down at the end of this academic year. A search committee, chaired by University Provost Ralph Kuncl, is being formed to choose her successor.
“It is with a heavy heart that I leave the role that has given me so much professional and personal fulfillment over the years,” Chiverton said. “With the help of a world-class faculty, dedicated staff, supportive University leadership and generous alumni and friends, we’ve evolved the School of Nursing in so many ways. I take tremendous pride in our collective accomplishments, but am most proud of our ability as a school to continue to offer the very best nursing education to our students.”
Guided by a strategic plan developed to turnaround sagging enrollment and unhealthy financials, Chiverton’s eight-year tenure as dean has been marked by a number of changes and innovations at the School of Nursing. In addition to the launch of new and improved program offerings, including a one-year accelerated program for non-nurses, the school’s total enrollment has increased by more than 100 students, the faculty body has grown significantly, and the school’s budget has nearly doubled.
In addition, last year the school completed an $8.1 million renovation and expansion project—the first in its history. The school’s prominence nationally has also been enhanced considerably as evidenced in part by its climbing from 28th to 12th in the national ranks of nursing schools receiving National Institutes of Health grants.
“Pat’s tenure as Dean truly represents a great renaissance for nursing education at Rochester and her contributions have had an enormous reach,” said Medical Center CEO Bradford C. Berk, M.D., Ph.D. “She has always struck a balance between running the day-to-day operations of the school while at the same time never straying from her vision to enhance nursing education both nationally and internationally. She has built a strong framework for the school to continue to turn out the very best nurses and educators for years to come.”
Chiverton has led the charge to successfully launch and run new businesses within the practice mission of the School of Nursing. The Center for Nursing Entrepreneurship (CNE), the first of its kind in the world, grew out of this effort and has had a significant impact on the school’s success. In May she was named the University’s first Pamela York Klainer Endowed Chair in Nursing Entrepreneurship and after a one-year sabbatical will return to the University as a faculty member in the CNE.
“Pat is truly a 21st century dean,” said University of Rochester President Joel Seligman. “In addition to being an accomplished educator, skilled clinician and administrator, she is a strong advocate for the entire nursing profession. Her focus on nursing entrepreneurship created a unique niche for the school and an excitement among nurses in Rochester and beyond. We are very fortunate to have her continue her work as an endowed chair.”
“I am honored to lead the committee tasked with conducting this important search,” said Kuncl. “We’re looking for the individual who will continue the tremendous momentum Pat has started. It will be a challenge to find someone who can match her drive and creativity and create the next vision for the School of Nursing on the foundation she built.”
Chiverton has been a member of the School of Nursing Faculty since 1984 and has served the School in various capacities including: interim dean, associate dean for clinical affairs, CEO of the Community Nursing Center and interim chair for the health care services division. She also served as the clinical chief of psychiatric mental health nursing at the University of Rochester Medical Center.Chiverton is a member of a number of professional organizations, including the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA), the American Organization of Nurse Executives, the New York State Nurses Association and Sigma Theta Tau’s Epsilon Xi Chapter. She also has been the recipient of numerous awards and professional accolades, including most recently a National Academy of Practice Fellow and the Excellence in Leadership Award from the APNA.
Chiverton earned her B.S.N. from Central Missouri University, her MS in psychiatric mental health nursing from the University of Rochester, and an Ed.D. from the Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester. Her academic work has been published in more than 20 national peer-reviewed journals.
Information on the search committee, a job description and other related materials will be posted on the University Website in the coming weeks.
Read personal messages from Dean Chiverton and URMC CEO Dr. Berk
The University is adopting four new health care plans effective January 2008. To help faculty and staff determine which of the University's new health care plan options is the best overall value for them, a new online tool to estimate out-of-pocket health care costs is now available. The interactive calculator allows employees to compare payroll deductions, deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance. Click here for more information on the four new health care plans and for a link to the online calculator, or visit www.rochester.edu/news/benefits.
A new national Center of Excellence aimed at improving mental health care for American soldiers and their families is being created by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), aided in great part by faculty in the School of Medicine and Dentistry’s Department of Psychiatry. More than a dozen faculty members from the Department of Psychiatry will oversee a broad range of efforts -- locally, regionally and nationally -- at the Center of Excellence, housed on-site at the Canandaigua VA.
As a Center of Excellence, the facility will focus on suicide prevention, post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health issues, and Psychiatry faculty will lead efforts to develop programs, conduct research and provide treatment. In addition, faculty will help train staff for the newly launched National Suicide Prevention Hot Line, also based at the Canandaigua VA, which provides round-the-clock assistance for veterans nationwide.
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and of Public Health Sciences
Kerry L. Knox, Ph.D., will direct the Center of Excellence.
"Historically, the country has set a lower priority on dealing with psychological disabilities than physical disabilities despite the cost in lives and the huge burdens they put on families and society," he said. "We are much better in dealing with prosthetics for legs and arms than we are with mental prosthetics. That's why we have so much research to do."
Caine added that the relationship between the Department of Psychiatry and the Center of Excellence will have a tremendous impact on the department.
"It will be a real amplifier of our ideas and research and presents us with challenges we've never faced before. This is a community challenge and it is important the department addresses it," he said.
David S. Guzick, M.D., Ph.D., dean of the School of Medicine and Dentistry, said the Department of Psychiatry's formative role in creating the Center of Excellence in partnership with the Veterans Administration fits well with the overall mission of the Medical Center.
"An important part of what our faculty do at the medical school is to draw on effective therapeutic methods in individual settings and translate them, with modifications as needed, to specific populations," Guzick said. "The preventive and clinical interventions developed by the Center of Excellence will help the population of veterans in this region and throughout the country."
The Center of Excellence will be a one-of-a-kind prevention center in the Veterans Administration, using public health approaches to reduce premature death and treatable illnesses in veterans, with special attention to suicide and attempted suicide, post-traumatic stress and related stress disorders, depression, substance abuse, serious mental illness, and the family and social problems that can arise from these difficulties. As part of its mission, the center will have national responsibilities, as well as local and regional.
A hallmark of new Center of Excellence is its aim to reach into communities to find vulnerable individuals instead of waiting for them to seek services in offices, clinics, or emergency rooms. This will be accomplished through two approaches focused on prevention. The first uses prevention methods across broad populations to enhance the early recognition of needs among veterans and to promote a willingness to seek care or assistance.
The second area of prevention emphasis relates explicitly to high-risk groups and individuals. Selective programs will aim to engage groups of people -- veterans who repeatedly participated in intense, lethal combat, for example -- where there is a known risk for longer-term personal problems. Not everyone exposed to such risks will develop lasting distress, but it often is very difficult to distinguish those who develop future difficulties from those who won't.
The new Center also could lead to the hiring of additional faculty at the University and at the Canandaigua Veterans Administration Medical Center.
"The collaboration between the Veterans Administration and the
Department of Psychiatry is an important example of our commitment to
community health. We will work together to improve the lives of veterans
and their families far from Rochester and our medical center. And what
we learn also will help our own community," said URMC CEO Bradford
C. Berk, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) CEO Bradford C. Berk, M.D., Ph.D. has been tapped to serve on the Empire State Stem Cell Board, the organization that will oversee distribution of approximately $600 million in biomedical research funding to New York state institutions. Berk was appointed to the panel by Senator Malcolm Smith (St. Albans), the Democratic leader in the State Senate.
“I can think of no better choice than Brad Berk to serve on the Empire State Stem Cell Board," said Smith. "His long list of accomplishments and vast experience in the area of stem cell research make him uniquely qualified to help New York State break new ground in the treatment of disease and advance forward in the innovation economy.”
The Empire State Stem Cell Trust Fund was created earlier this year. The fund, which was included as a provision in the New York State budget, establishes an 11-year, $600 million research program to support stem cell research. The initiative will be funded in part by a pool of money created when health insurance companies convert to for-profit status.
The legislation creates two panels to oversee the new law. One panel will be responsible for developing the funding and evaluation criteria for research grants and establishing standards of medical and scientific oversight. The other will focus on developing ethical guidelines for the research. Berk has been appointed to the funding committee.
“New York is home to world class universities, hospitals, and biotechnology companies and is poised to become an international leader in the field of stem cell research,” said Berk. “I am deeply grateful for Senator Smith’s appointment and look forward to serving on the Empire State Stem Cell Board. I strongly believe that the resources New York State has committed to stem cell science will reinforce our state’s leadership in medical research and ultimately create new jobs and companies and develop technologies that could potentially improve the lives of millions of Americans.”
Stem cells are essentially early-stage cells that are capable of generating all the different kinds of tissue found in the body. As such, the scientific community believes that these cells hold great promise to develop new ways to understand, treat, prevent, and perhaps even cure a long list of diseases.
Currently scientists are prohibited from using federal funds for stem cell research for all but a shrinking number of cell lines approved by the National Institutes of Health. As a result, several states have stepped forward and established funds to support stem cell research. New York’s investment is the second largest, behind only California.
URMC is home to several leading stem cell research programs. Approximately
40 URMC scientists are involved in stem cell research, fueled by more
than $68 million in research grants and staffed by 263 people. Many of
these scientists are internationally known for their work with stem cells
in neurological disorders, cancer and musculoskeletal diseases. The University
is also in the process of establishing a Stem Cell Institute.