Cal State LA receives $7 million gift to name School of Nursing

Cal State LA nursing students in simulation lab.

California State University, Los Angeles announced Monday that it has received a $7 million gift that will name the Patricia A. Chin School of Nursing and establish the Chin Family Institute for Nursing.

This transformative gift comes to the university from Patricia Chin and her husband, William Chin, M.D.  Dr. Patricia Chin is a Cal State LA alumna who earned her bachelor's degree in 1980 and master's degree in 1984.  She was also the director of the Cal State LA School of Nursing and was named emerita faculty upon her retirement from the university.

Patricia Chin has been a strong supporter of the university for more than 30 years. William Chin was a founding partner and executive medical director of HealthCare Partners, LLC. 

The Chins’ gift will endow the Chin Family Institute for Nursing and create a state-of-the-art nursing simulation lab in the Rongxiang Xu College of Health and Human Services. 

“As U.S. healthcare evolves to improve the quality and access to patients and reduce the waste in our healthcare system, it is nursing that will be the catalyst for this change,” Patricia Chin said.

Cal State LA President William A. Covino thanked the Chins for their generosity. 

“Their assistance will enable the university to continue to be a national leader in nursing education and ensure student success and academic distinction for years to come,” Covino said.

Added Vice President for University Advancement Janet S. Dial: “It is especially gratifying that Dr. Chin is an alumna and former faculty member and has chosen to give back to Cal State LA.”

Ron Vogel, dean of the Rongxiang Xu College of Health and Human Services, noted that the nursing master’s degree program has been ranked consistently during the past decade as one of the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

“This extraordinary gift will allow our prominence to grow,” Vogel said.

The graduate program offers an option in nursing education and nurse-practitioner options in primary and acute adult, family, and psychiatric/mental health. In fall 2012, the School of Nursing launched its Doctor of Nursing Practice program, which is a consortium with Cal State Long Beach and CSU Fullerton.  The program is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

In June, Covino announced the naming of the Rongxiang Xu College of Health and Human Services during the university's final Commencement ceremony.

The naming was the first of a college at Cal State LA and recognizes the largest gift in the university's history. The National Rongxiang Xu Foundation made the gift to commemorate the contributions of Dr. Rongxiang Xu.  Xu was a surgeon and expert in regenerative medicine. He passed away in 2015.

“The support from the Chins and the Rongxiang Xu Foundation will help our faculty to prepare our students for successful careers in the health field, which will improve the quality of life in the communities we serve,” said Cal State LA Vice President Jose A. Gomez.

Photo: Students receive hands-on clinical experience in the university's nursing simulation lab. (Credit: J. Emilio Flores/Cal State LA)

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12/19/16