New Palliative Care Center Announced

Fairfield University trustee and alumna, Robin Kanarek BSN ’96, of the Kanarek Family Foundation has made a leadership gift in the amount of $2.5 million to found the Kanarek Center for Palliative & Supportive Nursing Education, which will be housed in the newly named Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies.

“At the Egan School, we strive to ensure that all our graduates receive essential palliative care education and clinical experiences, to ensure quality of life for patients and families,” said Meredith Wallace Kazer PhD, APRN, FAAN, dean and professor of the Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies. “We are very grateful to the Kanarek family whose generous gift will ensure that our graduates and members of our partnering community will have the critical resources needed to become palliative care-ready.”

The Center’s doors will open in Fall 2017 and will offer a comprehensive curriculum that will provide nursing professionals the education needed to effectively practice palliative care and improve the quality of life for those suffering from serious or life threatening illnesses.

The donation is part of the University’s $160 million Fairfield Rising capital campaign.