The cornerstone of what will be named the Phelps Collaborative for Older Adult and Family Engagement will be a faculty position at the School of Nursing that also includes a clinical appointment at Judson. The person selected from a national search will split his or her time between teaching nursing students about aging adults and interacting and learning more about that population and their families at Judson.
Initial funding of $1.2 million is given by Charlene Phelps (pictured above), a graduate and long-time supporter of the School of Nursing, retired chief nursing officer for University Hospitals Health System and resident at Judson’s South Franklin Circle retirement community in Chagrin Falls. Her commitment will be shared equally between the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing and Judson to implement its part of the program. Future fundraising will focus on expanding the initiative.
This collaboration will include research to study how both older adults and their families manage health and wellness as well as improve the quality of life at a lower cost to all. The hope is to distribute the initiative’s findings to organizations serving older adults.
“My vision is that we can grow this initiative in the future to provide the opportunity for research and education at multiple levels – in the classroom, in the field with older adults and also for their families,” says Phelps. “We want to listen to them, study them and gain their ideas. We seek to develop better ways to help older adults and families make good healthcare decisions. This will both lower costs and help that population to function better and live longer.”
“This most generous gift from Charlene Phelps will benefit aging adults far into the future,” says Judson President and CEO Cynthia H. Dunn. “The Judson community is excited to partner with the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, one of the leading educational and research institutions in the nursing field. Judson can serve as a microcosm for implementing a new model of person-directed support based on coordinating the educational, clinical, administrative and research components built around community nursing. This collaboration breaks new ground for a retirement community and it extends our existing strong relationship with Case Western Reserve on multiple levels.”
“Charlene has been a true leader throughout her career as a nurse, faculty member, administrator and volunteer. She has improved the lives of her patients and their families while expanding the understanding of best practices of care,” says Mary E. Kerr, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. “Her gift creates a unique opportunity to continue this forward thinking and improve the lives of generations to come. I’m thrilled that FPB can partner with Judson on this important initiative to continue her legacy.”