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KNBC: Cedars-Sinai Gets Gift to Support Development of Nursing Leadership Programs

KNBC recently covered the appointment of Cedars-Sinai faculty member Margo B. Minissian, PhD, as the inaugural holder of the Simms/Mann Family Foundation Endowed Chair in Nurse Education, Innovation and Research.

The new chair was established through a gift from the Simms/Mann Family Foundation, meant to support the development of critical nursing leadership programs and initiatives. The goal is to develop a pipeline of nurse leaders who will confront today's greatest healthcare challenges, lead change and improve community health around the globe.

Cedars-Sinai's Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Executive David Marshall, JD, DNP, RN, told KNBC that Minissian is an ideal role model to lead the initiative.

“Thanks to the incredible generosity of the Simms/Mann Family Foundation, we have the opportunity to place nurse leaders at the forefront—harnessing their collective compassion and problem-solving skills to address the ever-growing challenges in healthcare," Marshall said in the article.

He said that Minissian has a strong interest in protecting healthcare workers during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. Her team of researchers has enrolled registered nurses in a study seeking to measure and quantify inflammatory proteins that can be seen before a healthy person becomes sick.

The Simms/Mann Family Foundation has been at the forefront of innovative funding in the areas of medicine and education since its founding in 1984. Victoria Simms, PhD, is a nationally recognized child development specialist, and Ronald Simms is involved in all aspects of real estate development, acquisition and ownership of commercial properties. Both are longtime supporters of Cedars-Sinai and are members of the Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors. Their children also are officers and directors of the foundation.

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