Hopkins Nursing Honors Jonas Family
by Jon Eichberger
Philanthropists Barbara and Donald Jonas were recognized for their continuing commitment to the mission of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing at the commencement ceremony on May 26, 2011. They were presented the prestigious Worth B. Daniels, Jr., MD Award, which is given to an individual or family who has made significant contributions to the profession of nursing and given exemplary and sustained service to the School.
“The Jonas Foundation has been very generous in its financial support for tomorrow’s nursing leaders,” noted Dean Martha N. Hill, PhD, RN. “Our strength as an institution and a profession comes from the collaborations we have with those organizations that recognize the importance of well-educated nurses to improve quality healthcare in this country.”
The Jonas Center of Nursing Excellence, founded in 2006, is a first-of-its-kind philanthropic program dedicated to advancing the nursing profession. By identifying the nursing shortage—and its profound impact on the healthcare of individuals and communities—as an area of great philanthropic need, the Center has influenced lawmakers and other donors to support nursing education, especially scholarships for future nursing faculty.