Englewood Health receives $10M gift to establish nursing institute

By Emily Bader
Englewood | Apr 6, 2020 at 4:30 am

The Englewood Health Foundation announced on Friday it has received a $10 million donation from The Kaplen Foundation and its president, Maggie Kaplen.

The gift is the largest in the health system’s 130+ year history and will establish The Kaplen Institute for Nursing Excellence at Englewood Health.

“Conversations with Maggie about this incredible opportunity began last year,” Warren Geller, CEO and president of Englewood Health, said. “And now more than ever, we are reminded of how valuable access to high-quality care can be for a community. Maggie and The Kaplen Foundation will not only help us to secure, but also reimagine, the future of nursing for our health system.”

The donation will allow for Englewood Health to invest, develop and nurture its current and future nursing staff, it said.

“The nursing profession is facing unprecedented challenges as we enter a new decade,” Kathleen Kaminsky, senior vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer at Englewood Health, said. “This extraordinary gift is especially noteworthy because it will provide access to professional development resources for our existing nursing professionals and create a pipeline for new nurses to establish careers at Englewood Health.”

Kaplen, a philanthropist, advocate, mentor and retired nurse, said she understands the importance of access in health care.

“To have the reassurance that patients and families in our community do not have to go far from home for world-class care is paramount. It is incredibly rewarding to be part of what Englewood Health delivers to our greater community,” Kaplen said.

Emily Bader | ebader@roi-nj.com | @emilybader