Chair of Palliative Care Created at IU South Bend
Indiana University South Bend has established its second endowed chair in the health sciences thanks to the third major pledge it has received from the Vera Z. Dwyer Trust. The Vera Z. Dwyer Bicentennial Chair of Palliative Care has been created at IU South Bend through a pledge of $1.68 million from the Dwyer Charitable Trust. The goal of the investment is to assure that palliative care and hospice care will continue to grow and evolve as an asset to the community.
“This faculty position in the Dwyer College will serve as a national model of excellence for training a region’s health professionals to ensure that the most ill and vulnerable patients and families receive ever improving care,” said IU South Bend Chancellor Terry L. Allison.
The creation of the Chair will help IU South Bend advance opportunities for practice, education, and research in palliative and hospice care. It will also extend the partnership between IU South Bend and Center for Hospice Care to continue to educate a variety of health and social service professionals in palliative care. “We plan to conduct a national search in 2017 and have the Chair begin in 2018,” said IU South Bend Executive Vice Chancellor Jann L. Joseph.
“We believe education and training in palliative care will become increasingly important in the coming years with an aging population in our community,” said David Kibbe, vice president at Indiana Trust and Investment Management Company. “Our hope and expectation is that students in the Dwyer College of Health Sciences will be better prepared to help manage the pain and symptoms of those facing progressive or incurable illnesses.”
In the past two years, a remarkable relationship has developed between IU South Bend and the Dwyer Charitable Trust. In 2014, the Dwyer Trust pledged $1 million to establish the Dwyer Scholarship in Healthcare. Later that year, IU South Bend received the largest single philanthropic donation in its history. A $5.85 million gift from the Dwyer Trust was given in support of the College of Health Sciences at IU South Bend. In recognition of the gift, the College of Health Sciences at IU South Bend was named the Vera Z. Dwyer College of Health Sciences.
The gift included $2.5 million to be used to increase the endowment of the Vera Z. Dwyer Scholarship in Healthcare; $1.5 million to create and endow the Dwyer Distinguished Chair in Advanced Nursing Practice; $1 million in a guaranteed matching pledge for the Health and Wellness Center at IU South Bend to expand low-cost healthcare services to the community; and $850,000 to be used to begin implementation of these initiatives. When combined with the two earlier gifts, support to IU South Bend from the Dwyer Trust now reaches a total of more than $8.5 million.
The contributions to IU South Bend were made to honor the memory of Vera Dwyer and to further her wish to improve the lives of others through excellence in healthcare and education. She was married to James G. Dwyer who founded Dwyer Instruments with his brother F.W Dwyer in Chicago in 1931. The company moved to Michigan City in 1955 and continues to be a leading manufacturer in the controls and instrumentation industry. Vera Dwyer died in 2010 at the age of 89. Her husband passed away in 1995.
The Vera Z. Dwyer Charitable Trust is managed by Indiana Trust and Investment Management Company of Mishawaka. The donations are included in the Indiana University “For All” Bicentennial Campaign.