BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Media Advisory) — Florida Atlantic University’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing recently received two gifts totaling $300,000 from local philanthropist, business owner and nurse, Christine E. Lynn. A $100,000 gift will support an endowed scholarship fund for students who intend to work at Boca Raton Regional Hospital. The $200,000 gift will support the College’s faculty talent retention fund, which assists in retaining the best and brightest faculty. “We are extremely grateful for Mrs. Lynn’s generous support. These gifts demonstrate the love she has for this community as an investment in retaining top talent in the local area – both the nurses who graduate from our programs and our dynamic faculty members,” said Marlaine Smith, Ph.D., dean of the College of Nursing.
The College’s faculty talent retention fund addresses the need to reward and retain its most accomplished faculty members, who are heavily recruited by universities throughout the country due to a critical national nurse faculty shortage. Similarly, there is a national nursing shortage, and South Florida nursing graduates are being recruited to jobs out of the area. Both of these gifts assist the community in keeping talented nurses close to home.
“It is absolutely critical that we support the best and brightest of the nursing profession and demonstrate that their talents are needed and appreciated here in South Florida,” said Christine E. Lynn.
Over the past 30 years, Lynn has supported nursing, healthcare and education with unwavering dedication. She currently serves as chairman of the board of Lynn Insurance Group, and as chairman of the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Board of Trustees. She is a 2013 recipient of the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor, given to a distinguished American citizen who exemplifies a life dedicated to community service and who makes a better world for all. Her philanthropic efforts have provided much to the College, including a generous $10 million gift to fund and name the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing building.