Nursing program gift

Sue and Bill Gross commit $40 million to establish nursing school

Largest single gift ever to UCI will help address critical healthcare needs

Bill and Sue Gross

The $40 million gift from Sue and Bill Gross to establish a nursing school will help UCI address critical healthcare concerns.

 The William and Sue Gross Family Foundation has committed $40 million to the University of California, Irvine to establish a nursing school and assist in the construction of a new building to house it. The contribution, which will help the university address critical healthcare concerns, is the largest single gift ever to UCI.

“This visionary gift will have a significant, lasting impact on the health of our community, state and nation,” said Chancellor Howard Gillman. “As our society ages and depends more on primary care, the need for nurses is urgent. The Grosses’ support will result in a substantial expansion of UCI’s nursing program, ensuring a top-quality education for more talented, qualified students – and the leaders who train them – to help enrich the pipeline of prepared, skilled healthcare professionals.”

The gift will enable the continued growth and excellence of UCI’s nursing program, which has gained an admirable reputation since its founding less than a decade ago. The highly selective program – which offers fully accredited bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees – admitted just 4 percent of its undergraduate applicants in the fall of 2015 because of space limitations. In February 2015, named it as one of the top 10 programs in the western United States for quality, value and satisfaction, and its nurse practitioner faculty is consistently ranked within the country’s top 25.

“We’re proud to partner with UCI to help solve some of the most pressing healthcare needs of our generation,” said Sue Gross, president of the Gross Family Foundation. “We expect our support for a nursing school to have a broad impact, as the demand for nurses and their teachers touches the heart of our healthcare system.”

According to recent reports from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the nation will need more than 1 million new registered nurses by 2022. And an increase in nurse practitioners – registered nurses with advanced degrees – will be required to cover the looming shortage of primary care physicians.  Read more ....