Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research
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Dr. Linda Aiken, Founding Director of the Center for Health Outcomes, presents the history of "Nursing's Impact on Patient Outcomes"
  RN4CAST-Chile Study Team Briefs the Minister of Health and Recommends Establishing a National Safe Staffing Ratio for Public Hospitals (L.-R.: Penn PhD Nursing Student, Marta Simonetti; Paz Soto, Universidad Católica de Chile; Emilio Santelices, Chile Minister of Health; Drs. Linda Aiken and Jere Behrman from Penn; Dr. Consuelo Cerón, Universidad de los Andes; and, Dr. David Bravo, Universidad Católica de Chile)  
Fundraising goal $1,000,000.00
Recent donations (30 donations)
Name DescendingX Amount
Nancy Hanrahan $1000.00
Ms. Rachel French
Mrs. Andrea Barol $75.00
Toni Villarruel $5000.00
The Chris Friese Family $12000.00
Eileen Lake $3000.00
Dr. Jingjing Shang $500.00
RTD Financial $350.00
Joan Rosen Bloch, PhD, CRNP, FAAN
Julie Fairman $75.00
Linda H. Aiken $30000.00
Herb Smith
Eunhee Cho $10000.00
Ying Xue
Monica F. Rochman
Dr. Lea Ann Matura
Peggy Compton $100.00
Betsy White
Tanja Kral
Garry Scheib
Doug and Janis Sloane
Hilary Barnes
Matthew McHugh
Jere Behrman
Daniel Polsky
Jessica Smith, PhD, RN $500.00
Karen & Kam Lasater $5000.00
Lauren Arnold $25000.00
Irene Hung & Len Podolsky $100.00
Recent donations
Top donors (30 donations)
Linda H. Aiken $30000.00
Lauren Arnold $25000.00
The Chris Friese Family $12000.00
Eunhee Cho $10000.00
Toni Villarruel $5000.00
30th Anniversary Campaign

Announcing our 30th anniversary, $1M Fundraising Campaign!
Since 1989, the Center for Health Outcomes Research (CHOPR) has led rigorous research on the impact of nursing on patient outcomes, helping to shape and improve policies and practices all around the world. CHOPR also produces the next generation of nurse scientists, who continue its tradition of excellence by serving as a critical resource for nursing at-large, nurses themselves and the patients that they serve.

As part of Penn Nursing's $60M Innovating for Life and Living Campaign, CHOPR is raising one million dollars ($1M) over the next two years for dedicated support of the Center. Because CHOPR's research funding generally is project specific, additional funding is needed to fulfill its commitment to translation of research to inform policy in the US and abroad. For the first time since its inception, we now are seeking support from partners to help continue CHOPR's critical work.

Thank you to those who have already joined us in this effort! We also invite others to consider a gift in honor of our 30th anniversary. All gifts to CHOPR's quasi-endowed fund will help us continue our positive impact on the quality and safety of healthcare and on the health, wellbeing, and retention of a highly qualified nurse workforce for many years to come. To tangibly demonstrate her dedication and commitment, Dr. Linda Aiken, CHOPR's Founder and Director is matching every gift dollar for dollar up to $100,000! All gifts to CHOPR also will count toward Penn's and the Nursing School's campaigns. For more information or to learn how you can make a gift over time, please contact Nadina Deigh, Vice Dean of Institutional Advancement at or 215-746-6184.
Thank you all for your generous gifts and your vote of confidence in CHOPR to impact impacting policy and practice. I have added a $30,000 gift to double the value of gifts to date.
~ Linda Aiken (7/2019)
Dr. Linda Aiken, Founder and Director, makes a dollar for dollar match
Dr. Linda Aiken, CHOPR's Founder and Director, has been at the heart of this work for over 30 years. In a tangible demonstration of her dedication and commitment, to kick off the ambitious campaign to raise $1 million, she is providing a CHALLENGE gift that matches every contribution made by December 31, 2019 up to a total of $100,000.
See what we've done in the first 30.... imagine what we can do in the next 30...
Our three decades of bold research has created a robust scientific evidence base showing that nursing matters in whether or not patients survive a hospital stay, avoid painful and dangerous complications while in the hospital, return home able to care for themselves and assume their normal lives, or experience a peaceful death at the end of life. We've:
  • Demonstrated that health care settings having enough nurses is the single most important factor in patients' satisfaction with their care which led to major improvements in nurse staffing world-wide.
  • Shown that hospitals with baccalaureate-qualified nurses have lower mortality rates, which has substantially changed employer preferences toward a more educated nurse workforce.
  • Trained 28 PhDs and 39 postdoctoral fellows to date, who now are employed in 45 different institutions in 25 states and 9 countries.
  • Brought the work environment of nurses to the attention of hospital administrators and policymakers.
  • Provided the evidence base for nurse staffing legislation in California, Massachusetts, Wales, Ireland, and Queensland, Australia.
  • Influenced the National Academy of Medicine's 2010 recommendation that 80% of US nurses have a bachelor's degree by 2020.
  • Shown the importance of Magnet Recognition, which is now included in top hospital quality rankings like U.S. News and World Report Best Hospitals and Leapfrog.
  • Helped create nursing services and policy research capacity in 30 countries with nurse researchers abroad publishing in top tier interdisciplinary journals and gaining increasing traction informing national policies in their countries.
  • Worked strategically to promote nursing services research funding opportunities at NIH, AHRQ, and private foundations that have benefitted many in our field.
Donation messages
Dr. Aiken's impact on the quality and safety of patients is known around the world. Her research provides evidence that nurses that are supported results in better patient outcomes. Nurses must be supported with excellent practice environments, including adequate nurse staff. Skilled nurse management, good doctor-nurse relationships and respected for the value of Nurse knowledge as essential for making patient policy decisions. Nurses should be on every board, committee, and panel where healthcare decisions are considered. Perhaps most important is Dr. Aiken legacy of mentoring nurses to be research intensive and driven toward building health care policy that embraces a humanitarian perspective. She is a legend among nurses and throughout health care. My contribution is to honor her legacy that CHOPR will continue way into the future. --Nancy Hanrahan
Thank you to CHOPR for all that you do for patients, nursing, research, and the development of nurse researchers and leaders. --Ms. Rachel French
I am so proud and grateful to be a part of the CHOPR team where I am surrounded by brilliant, collaborative, creative, passionate, and talented colleagues. --Mrs. Andrea Barol
It's our great pleasure to be able to support CHOPR and celebrate your stellar leadership at this 30-year mark. --The Chris Friese Family
A donation to CHOPR is a wise investment for global health --Eileen Lake

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