The Kaplen Foundation and its president, Maggie Kaplen, make health system’s largest gift in history
The Englewood Health Foundation has received a transformational philanthropic donation from The Kaplen Foundation and its president, Maggie Kaplen. The $10 million gift is the largest in the health system’s history and will establish The Kaplen Institute for Nursing Excellence at Englewood Health.
“The nursing profession is facing unprecedented challenges as we enter a new decade,” said Kathleen Kaminsky, senior vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer at Englewood Health. “This extraordinary gift is especially noteworthy because it will provide access to professional development resources for our existing nursing professionals and create a pipeline for new nurses to establish careers at Englewood Health.”
Mrs. Kaplen is herself a retired nurse, and this philanthropic investment underscores her formative nursing experience of many years. “I was a student at Dwight School for Girls when I first began my relationship with the hospital as a volunteer. Then, it was just an old building. Today, it is a comprehensive health system,” said Mrs. Kaplen. “I know the importance of access in healthcare and to have the reassurance that patients and families in our community do not have to go far from home for world-class care is paramount. It is incredibly rewarding to be part of what Englewood Health delivers to our greater community.”
The Kaplen Foundation’s longstanding relationship with Englewood Health includes multiple leadership-level gifts that helped to establish the Emergency Care Center, The Kaplen Pavilion and The Wilson Kaplen Infusion Center.