uc irvine school of nursing founding dean and distinguished professor adey nyamathi with orange county philanthropist sue gross

Sue Gross, left, with Founding Dean and Distinguished Professor Adey Nyamathi.

A $3 million gift to UCI from the Sue J. Gross Foundation will expand training and education opportunities in the Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing, which was established by a naming gift from The William and Sue Gross Family Foundation, where Sue Gross served as co-founder and director. The gift from the Sue J. Gross Foundation includes $2 million to fund construction of a high-tech, state-of-the-art simulation center for team-based interprofessional exercises and an additional $1 million to establish the Founding Dean Adey Nyamathi Endowment, which will provide nursing PhD scholarships.

“This gift is a continuation of Sue’s legacy and commitment to education and healthcare,” said Nyamathi, founding dean and distinguished professor of nursing.

“I am so grateful for her support as we work together to strengthen the school’s pre-eminence in care delivery, pioneering research and exceptional clinical practice. The simulation center will be a powerful tool in preparing future health leaders, and support for our PhD students will enable them to pursue research in a rigorous manner.”

The simulation center will provide an environment for health sciences students to integrate theory with practice, offering the opportunity to collaborate with peers and work on interdisciplinary teams to advance clinical skills in a realistic, no-risk environment. The center will feature four suites, each with a different focus, including women’s health and pediatrics, surgery, critical care and community health, and a hospital bed unit and an examination room.

“I have always cared deeply about healthcare and recognize the critical role nurses play in providing quality care in our communities. Never has their importance been more prominent than it is now with the challenges we’ve faced during the pandemic that have truly amplified the need for, and importance of, skilled nurses throughout our country,” said Sue Gross. “Nurses have been on the front line for nearly two years now, and I want to continue to demonstrate my deep gratitude for their work. UCI shares my vision to enrich the students, the faculty and, ultimately, the populations in need of treatment and attention, and I am pleased to further support the school.”

In recognition of her support, a 2,290-square-foot, 200-seat auditorium — connected by a bridge to the Sue & Bill Gross Nursing and Health Sciences Hall — will be named the Sue Gross Auditorium, where UCI faculty can present research findings and share insights with the campus and community. The Sue & Bill Gross Nursing and Health Sciences Hall will open its doors this summer.

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About the University of California, Irvine: Founded in 1965, UCI is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities and is ranked among the nation’s top 10 public universities by U.S. News & World Report. The campus has produced five Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Howard Gillman, UCI has more than 36,000 students and offers 224 degree programs. It’s located in one of the world’s safest and most economically vibrant communities and is Orange County’s largest employer, contributing $7 billion annually to the local economy and $8 billion statewide. For more on UCI, visit www.uci.edu.

About UCI’s Brilliant Future campaign: Publicly launched on October 4, 2019, the Brilliant Future campaign aims to raise awareness and support for UCI. By engaging 75,000 alumni and garnering $2 billion in philanthropic investment, UCI seeks to reach new heights of excellence in student success, health and wellness, research and more. The Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing plays a vital role in the success of the campaign. Learn more.