A Gift That Keeps on Giving
Susan Ruma, R.N. conducts a hands-on training session with Roy Magsino, R.N.
According to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, philanthropy is “a desire to improve the material, social and spiritual welfare of humanity, especially through charitable activities.” And according to Martin Brotman, M.D., senior vice president of Education, Research and Philanthropy at Sutter Health, Ruth and Nathaniel Fairbairn lived this definition.
In 2005, Ruth created the Ruth and Nathaniel Fairbairn Nursing Education Endowment with a $4.5 million estate gift. This was the last of several investments they made over their lifetime in CPMC’s services ranging from Emergency Medicine to the Kalmanovitz Child Development Center to the CPMC Research Institute.
“Ruth was an intelligent philanthropist who held strong beliefs about caring for the ill,” recalls Dr. Brotman. “She was modest, too—when she wanted to make a gift she would invite me over for a root beer float.”
In 2013, the Fairbairn Nursing Education Endowment funded nearly $100,000—5 percent of the endowed fund’s invested value—for CPMC nurses to attend courses that enhance their knowledge, skill and competency. This education supports nurses in delivering high-quality care to our patients and helps CPMC retain the best nurses in the profession.
“Thanks to the Fairbairn endowment, we have been able to open the door to new possibilities in staff nurse development and ongoing learning opportunities,” says Diana Karner, R.N., vice president Nursing & Chief Nursing Officer for CPMC. “This wonderful gift of education has made a critical difference in the professional lives of our nurses and, most importantly, to those in their care.”
—Diana Karner, R.N.