Jonas Center January 2013 Newsletter



Jonas Nurse Leaders 
and Veteran Scholars!


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The Jonas Center is excited about the compelling work each of you are doing and invite you to share your story with the Jonas community – whether that’s your recent  

achievements or what being a

Jonas Scholar means to you. 


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2nd Annual
Jonas Center
Golf Classic

                 to benefit
       Veterans’ Healthcare

Thursday, June 6, 2013
        The Stanwich Club
             Greenwich, CT

 A limited amount of
tournament packages and  foursomes are available.

Contact Nicole Garwood at: for purchasing information. 

Winter 2013

Jonas Center and Bob Woodruff Foundation  
Partner on Veterans’ Mental Health

The Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence was awarded a grant from The Bob Woodruff Foundation to support 20 students in the Jonas Veterans Healthcare Program. The Bob Woodruff Foundation-Jonas Nursing Scholars are all pursuing doctoral degrees focused on the “invisible wounds of war” such as PTSD and TBI. We are grateful for The Bob Woodruff Foundation’s shared vision to advance nursing leadership in veterans’ healthcare! 


To learn more,  visit our website. 



Dr. Claire Fagin Receives Top Honor


Senior Advisor to the Jonas Center, Dr. Claire Fagin, was awarded the Guggenheim Honor by the University of Pennsylvania for her legendary leadership at the University, including serving as Dean of the School of Nursing from 1977 to 1992. Notably, she was the first woman to serve as Interim President of an Ivy League school, a position she held at Penn from 1993-1994. Prior to her role in University administration, Claire was a psychiatric nurse. Among numerous other honors, Claire also received the American Academy of Nursing Living Legend award in 1998. Congratulations, Claire!

Claire Fagin
Jonas Center Senior Advisor, Dr. Claire Fagin, was awarded the Guggenheim Honor Cup from the University of Pennsylvania for her outstanding contribution to the University.


Grantee Update: Multi-Regional Model to

Increase the Number of Baccalaureate Nurses


The Multi-Regional Model to Increase the Number of Baccalaureate Nurses, known as RIBN, operates within the City University of New York system and statewide throughout North Carolina, supporting the IOM Future of Nursing recommendation to increase the number of bachelor’s-prepared nurses to 80% by 2020. With recent data showing growing employer preference for hiring new nurses with baccalaureate degrees, programs like RIBN are becoming increasingly important.


To date, more than 75 students are enrolled in the North Carolina RIBN program, at 22 of the state’s associate degree in nursing programs and seven universities offering a generic BSN program. New additions to the program include building a mentoring program for RIBN students to connect them with practicing BSN or higher degree-prepared nurses during their final years of the program.


In New York City, 45 students are enrolled to date, with more expected in the fall as several new school partnerships enroll their first cohorts in the pipeline.

Watch a brief update on the RIBN program in North Carolina here!



Jonas Program Addresses Shortage  

of Nurses for Veterans 


The great work of two Jonas Veterans Healthcare Scholars was highlighted in a recent LA Daily News article. UCLA Scholars Roman Samiley, a U.S Army reserve veteran and nurse practitioner and Judy McKelvy, an RN of 37 years and wife to a Vietnam veteran who sustained a spinal-cord injury, were highlighted for their dedication to improving the healthcare of service members. Samiley’s specialty at the VA’s primary care clinic is homeless Vietnam veterans – treating those with diabetes or hypertension as well as mental health needs. McKelvy’s specialty is helping family members care for veterans, especially those suffering from polytrauma, or multiple injuries.

Read more about our two Scholars’ role in bridging the gap in veterans’ healthcare: article 

About the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence
The Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence was founded in 2006 by Barbara and Donald Jonas, active NYC philanthropists who are passionate about supporting the nursing profession through grantmaking that focuses on scholarship, leadership and innovation. The Jonas Center is funded through the Jonas Family Fund, a larger initiative that also supports programs that focus on mental health and youth-at-risk. To learn more please visit