Jerry Colp Center of Nursing Excellence at Miami Valley Hospital Named in Honor of Local Realtor
Philanthropic Contribution Enhances Educational and Professional Development for MVH Nursing Staff and Area Nursing Students
DAYTON, OHIO (April 2, 2009) — Jerry R. Colp, a longtime Dayton-area realtor and philanthropist, has made a substantial gift to Miami Valley Hospital in support of the institution’s Center of Nursing Excellence. Donated through the auspices of the Miami Valley Hospital Foundation, the nursing education center will now reflect Colp’s generous contribution. In addition, Colp has established a permanent endowment to fund educational opportunities for current nursing staff and area nursing students.
“The Center of Nursing Excellence serves as a focal point for educational and professional development for our current nursing staff and for nursing students from throughout the area,” according to Jenny Lewis, president and Chief Executive Officer of the MVH Foundation. “The center plays a vital role in attracting and retaining outstanding nurses as the region and the country continue to experience a severe nursing shortage. We are grateful to Mr. Colp for his very generous donation.”
The Jerry Colp Center of Nursing Excellence provides career development opportunities for some 1,500 nurses currently employed at MVH, and nearly 1,200 student nurses who rotate through the center on an annual basis. The center contains state-of-the-art classrooms, lecture halls, a computer lab and a clinical skills lab complete with human simulators.
Colp’s contribution demonstrates his desire to give back to the community where he grew up and built a successful commercial and industrial company. In addition to MVH, Mr. Colp has made several philanthropic contributions including Box 21, Hospice of Dayton and the Ohio State University Medical Center Ophthalmology Department.
Contributions for the Jerry Colp Center of Nursing Excellence served as a major fundraising priority for the MVH Foundation throughout 2008. The foundation raises funds and awareness for patient programs and services that are unable to be funded through the hospital’s operating budget. Other major contributions received for the center included gifts from the Miami Valley Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association, the MVH Volunteers, the family of Karen and Frank Sensel, and the Betsy and George Stavnitski family.