FoundationRenown Health Fund for Nursing Excellence Passes $1.4 Million
Renown Health Fund for Nursing Excellence Passes $1.4 Million
Dr. and Mrs. Robert Myles continue to support the Fund for Nursing Education
Reno, Nev. (February 26, 2007)— Renown Health Foundation’s Fund for Nursing Excellence has passed the $1.4 million mark.
Instrumental in increasing the Endowed Fund for Nursing Excellence are Dr. and Mrs. Robert Myles. The Myles recently made a generous personal contribution to the endowment. Other generous contributors to the Nursing Education Program include other physicians, trusts and foundations, Renown employees, senior leaders and long standing hospital volunteers.
“There is not a better return on investment than to support education enhancements for the nurses who protect and serve patients at the bedside 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” said Dana Dye, Chief Nursing Officer, Renown Health, and Chief Operating Officer, Renown Regional Medical Center. Dr. Myles explained his continuing support of the Nursing for Excellence Program: “I could not have practiced medicine for over 40 years without the nurses that served beside me. Nursing education is an integral part of a hospital system.”
The Fund for Nursing Excellence is a key element in Renown Regional Medical Center’s quest to become a Magnet-designated facility. This designation is granted to hospitals with the most successful nurse support systems in the country.
The Fund provides monetary support for continuing education and certification exams for nurses, underwriting attendance at local and national conferences and for Renown's mentoring and internship programs. Continuing support for the Fund certifies that Renown Regional has an ongoing plan to provide nursing education, helping to guide Renown toward Magnet status.
In 2006, the Fund for Nursing Excellence financed continuing education programs for 31 nurses throughout the health system and continues to assist Renown’s nurses in their professional and educational goals.
“The success of the endowment is a direct result of the dedication of people outside of the institution and within the institution who are focused on quality patient care,” said Dye.
Dr. Myles established his practice in Internal Medicine in Reno in 1958. He served as Chief of Staff at Washoe Medical Center and on the Washoe Medical Center Board for 15 years. Dr. Myles was Board Chairman during the years of changeover from a county hospital to a not-for-profit health system. Following his retirement from private practice and the WMC Board in 1990, he was employed by Washoe Health System in programs he had helped create. Mrs. Myles has been a member of the WMC Auxiliary for over 40 years and is active in AWCMS, Washoe County’s Medical Alliance. The Myles have also provided endowed scholarships at the Orvis School of Nursing and the School of Nursing at TMCC. Both are committed to improving the quality of healthcare for residents of northern Nevada and northeast California.