OHSU School of Nursing Event Benefits Hispanic Midwifery Program

05/20/99    Portland, Ore.

Oregon Health Sciences University's first School of Nursing Spirit of Caring Award event raised funds to support the school's faculty midwifery practice, which provides substantial service for low-income Hispanic women in inner-city Portland.

The school's program serves women who have had difficulty gaining access to care in the private sector and particularly low-income Hispanic women in inner-city Portland. The school's midwifery practice received a portion of funds raised through the sale of tickets to an April 18 event that recognized George J. Passadore, president of Wells Fargo in Oregon, with the first Spirit of Caring Award.

The nurse-midwifery faculty practice received $5,000 to help continue to serve Hispanic women and improve care by developing educational materials in Spanish. In addition, it will allow faculty to meet with more patients who desire a midwife.

The Spirit of Caring Award was created to honor individuals who have demonstrated vision, leadership and commitment to improving the quality of life for all Oregonians. Passadore received the Spirit of Caring Award for his leadership of the School of Nursing's building campaign that provided the facility and technology for the school to provide an outstanding education to more than 650 students in 20 cities throughout Oregon on a daily basis. He has also served on the Oregon Health Sciences Foundation Board of Trustees for three years and currently presides as its chair. Passadore's other community involvement includes serving as a board member of the Portland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, Association for Portland Progress, Tri-Met and the Oregon Business Council.

Nurse midwives at OHSU have served the women of the Portland metropolitan area for 25 years. This practices cares for more than 350 women and their families every year at OHSU clinics, county health departments and migrant health clinics.