School of Nursing and Health Studies Marks a Milestone

Faculty, students celebrate 65 years of nursing education.

(August 30, 2013) — The University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies kicked off a yearlong celebration of its 65th birthday with two days of celebratory events on Tuesday, August 27 and Wednesday, August 28. Dean Nilda (Nena) Peragallo Montano opened the two days of festivities on Tuesday evening by welcoming UM trustees, University leaders, school faculty and staff, donors, clinical/community partners, and other assembled guests to an anniversary reception at the School of Nursing and Health Studies.

“I want to congratulate our hard-working students, exceptional faculty, community partners, and University leadership for our school’s accomplishments, as well as the pioneer graduates who believed in our mission and made it a reality,” said Peragallo Montano. “We would not be where we are today without their vision and courage.” UM President Donna Shalala then acknowledged the school as “one of UM’s most dynamic, with cutting-edge centers of excellence, ever-increasing enrollment numbers, and high academic performance.”

UM Executive Vice President and Provost Thomas J. LeBlanc echoed Shalala’s praise of Dean Peragallo Montano, acknowledging her leadership of the school’s educational and research programs into the 21st century and adding that, “With all that Dean Peragallo Montano has accomplished, she is not finished.”

Dean Nilda (Nena) Peragallo Montano opened the two days of festivities on Tuesday evening by welcoming UM trustees, University leaders, school faculty and staff, donors, clinical/community partners.

Plans are under way for the largest undertaking in the school’s 65-year history: the nation’s first education-based simulation hospital, a five-story, 39,000-square-foot facility that will replicate the true flow of activity in a clinical practice and hospital and provide an educational setting for students unparalleled in the history of nursing education and health care in South Florida. The simulation hospital will facilitate inter-professional collaborations, whereby nurses, physicians, pharmacists, physical therapists, and other health care professionals will work in teams to improve patient safety outcomes. It will also be a test bed for new health care products and patient safety research. The simulation hospital is a key priority of Momentum2: The Breakthrough Campaign for the University of Miami.

During a birthday party held August 28 in the school courtyard, students celebrated with Dean Peragallo Montano, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of the school. The two-day celebration served as a kickoff for a series of events that will take place throughout the year honoring the nursing school’s impact on the University and the South Florida community. The theme “65 Years of Excellence in Health Care Education” will be prominent in this fall’s annual homecoming celebration, and the fall 2013 issue of the school’s magazine, Heartbeat, will focus on the nursing school’s history, alumni accomplishments, and progress over the past 65 years.


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