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September 16, 2010

Health Care Organization Pledges $500,000 to Support CHAASE and the Health Care Administration Program

Golden Living/CHAASEGolden Living, a leading national health care company, has made a commitment to make a $500,000 gift over the next 10 years to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Foundation in support of the UW-Eau Claire Center for Health Administration and Aging Services Excellence and the UW-Eau Claire Health Care Administration program. 

Golden Living is a family of companies that provide long-term care, nursing services, sub-acute care, rehabilitation therapy, hospice, and home health services. The gift, in recognition of the excellence of CHAASE and the UW-Eau Claire health care administration program, was announced by Larry Deans, president of Golden Living Centers, at a UW-Eau Claire health care forum on Sept. 16, at UW-Eau Claire. 

“We are committed to excellence in health care,” said Deans. “For us, quality starts at the top, with the administrators and directors of nursing of our LivingCenters. What better way to ensure continuing quality care for our patients and residents than to support the education and development of our future health care leaders. It also is a great way for us to give back to those who continue to play a significant role in laying the foundation for our industry."

The commitment by Golden Living will provide $50,000 a year for curriculum innovation, professional development for faculty, faculty-student research, travel to national conferences, student scholarships and leadership development experiences, and other needs of CHAASE and the health care administration program. 

“UW-Eau Claire is grateful for this generous gift from Golden Living, which will help us continue to provide superior education and training of health care administrators as well as develop national awareness of the excellence of CHAASE and our program,” said Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich. “It is a wonderful opportunity to partner with a leading health care provider. Golden Living is helping provide the resources to keep our program at the leading edge, and we can provide them with highly skilled employees.” 

The health care administration program is accredited by the National Association of Long-Term Care Administrator Boards, making it one of seven nationally accredited health and aging services programs in the nation. CHAASE was created in 2000 to provide financial and program assistance to the health care administration program and has broadened its scope over the years. Both the center and program are part of the UW-Eau Claire College of Business. 

CHAASE focuses on developing new leaders and forming collaborative relationships such as this one with Golden Living to bring a new level of excellence to health care. This commitment will help CHAASE further connect premier academic programs to practitioners, and advance a national presence in the field of health administration and aging services. 

CHAASE will work with Golden Living to continue to bring Golden Living staff to campus as guest lecturers, to speak at student organization meetings and to participate in on-campus recruiting and job and internship fairs. Golden Living will also continue to have the opportunity to recruit graduates from UW-Eau Claire’s nursing, social work and other departments. CHAASE also will develop a Golden Living summer internship program and the expansion of practicum sites for UW-Eau Claire health care administration students outside the Midwest. 

The relationship between Golden Living and UW-Eau Claire has been longstanding. Over the years many graduates have gone on to make significant contributions at Golden Living. David Mills, president of the Midwest region for Golden Living, and a 1987 UW-Eau Claire health care administration graduate, serves on the board of advisers for CHAASE, and will continue to be the point person for this partnership.  

For more information about Golden Living visit www.goldenliving.com. The media contact for Golden Living is Blair Jackson, 202-434-0516 or blair.jackson@goldenliving.com. For more information about CHAASE contact Dr. Douglas Olson, director of CHAASE, at 715-836-5067 or by e-mail olsondou@uwec.edu. To make a gift to CHAASE contact the UW-Eau Claire Foundation at 715-836-5630 or by e-mail at fndn@uwec.edu.  

Source: UW-Eau Claire News Bureau

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