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Providence Holy Cross forms Nurses Alumni Association


For more than a half-century, nurses have worked at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, Calif. To honor the decades of nursing service, a committee of retired and active Providence Holy Cross nurses formed a Nurses Alumni Association. The association held its first gathering May 20 at the medical center.

Former CNO Linda Coale, RN, MBA, is leading the budding organization, which will honor the legacy of excellence in nursing that pushed Holy Cross toward Magnet status. The American Nurses Credentialing Center re-designated Holy Cross a Magnet Hospital earlier this year, a status that places the nursing staff in the top 6% nationwide.

“Nurses today are a lot more independent and autonomous in their practice and they really are leading some of the changes in healthcare,” Coale said in a news release.

The goal of the association is to celebrate a shared history of nursing care, reconnect friends, plan social events and raise funds to support nursing through education, research and other avenues, she said in the release.

The founders tracked down one of the hospital’s original nurses and hope to collect stories from alumni to provide a documented history of nursing at the hospital.

Holy Cross Hospital was established in 1961 by the Sisters of the Holy Cross, based in South Bend, Ind. Ten years later it was destroyed by the Sylmar earthquake, and reopened in 1975. The sisters sold the hospital in 1996 to the Sisters of Providence, which established Providence Health & Services.

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