May 21, 2024

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PeaceHealth launches Institute for Nursing Excellence

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PeaceHealth Oregon is excited to announce the creation of the Institute for Nursing Excellence with support from a generous $1 million matching gift from philanthropist Rosaria Haugland.

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – PeaceHealth Oregon is excited to announce the creation of the Institute for Nursing Excellence with support from a generous $1 million matching gift from philanthropist Rosaria Haugland.

The PeaceHealth Oregon Institute for Nursing Excellence (INE) will support nurses in the day-to-day practice of caring for patients, and in the long-range development of their careers.

By making the donation a matching gift, Haugland wants to ensure that our community and region understand the important role nurses have in the health of our communities

“The pandemic highlighted the critical role that nurses play in ensuring access to healthcare,” Haugland said. “The work and care nurses provide are hard and essential to our health. I feel strongly that the Institute for Nursing Excellence will elevate these professionals and the care they give. Nursing is a challenging, dignified profession which should be celebrated and supported by our communities. It is my heartfelt intention that others join me in establishing the INE by making a gift to support the thousands of PeaceHealth nurses who care for our neighbors and loved ones.”

The PeaceHealth Oregon Institute for Nursing Excellence will employ evidence-based approaches found in leading organizations, such as the Cleveland Clinic and Mayo Clinic, that support nurses in growing both their careers and the care they provide.

Soon, the INE will support Oregon nurses and other clinical disciplines through dedicated resources in the following areas:

  • Career development and retention of current caregivers
  • Developing pipeline programs to increase the pool of new caregivers
  • Professional governance through shared decision-making
  • Professional practice
  • Nursing innovation, evidence-based practices, and research
  • Nursing excellence structures and processes

The INE will support nurse autonomy and practice ownership through collaborative decision-making while creating partnerships with educational institutions to support programs for new caregivers. The program will assist employed nurses with designing their career path and harness their creativity, energy and talent to make improvements in nursing practice and patient care as a whole.

“We are deeply grateful to Rosaria Haugland for her extraordinary matching gift, which will allow us to launch the PeaceHealth Oregon Institute for Nursing Excellence and assure its long-term sustainability,” said Heather Wall, RN, PeaceHealth Oregon chief nursing officer.

About The INE: The Institute for Nursing Excellence will expand access to patient care, benefit nurses and families, and accelerate our region’s health and economy. Through key investments in advanced education and workforce development, the program will accelerate our region’s response to the nursing shortage through a long-term, resilient strategy. To support the INE, see

About PeaceHealth: PeaceHealth, based in Vancouver, Wash., is a not-for-profit Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. PeaceHealth has approximately 16,000 caregivers, a group practice with more than 900 providers and 10 medical centers serving both urban and rural communities throughout the Northwest. In 1890, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace founded what has become PeaceHealth. The Sisters shared expertise and transferred wisdom from one medical center to another, always finding the best way to serve the unmet need for healthcare in their communities. Today, PeaceHealth is the legacy of the founding Sisters and continues with a spirit of respect, stewardship, collaboration and social justice in fulfilling its Mission. Visit us online at

About Rosaria Haugland: Rosaria Haugland was the first in her family to graduate from college and went on to earn doctoral degrees in both microbiology and biochemistry. She, and her husband, Dick, formed biotech company Molecular Probes in 1975, which they built into the leading provider of fluorescent dyes for scientific and biomedical research. Since her retirement, she has dedicated her life to volunteer work and philanthropy, including the creation of Ophelia’s Place in Eugene.

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