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Leave a lasting legacy today.

Impacting future generations of healers


On the cover: Dr. Rick & Carol McCurdy and Dr. Bill & Anne McCurdy Scholarship Fund Donors

Invest in Education Promote Professional Development Strengthen Patient Care Establish an Endowment Today

Your gift to the Norman Regional Health Foundation will support efforts to enhance excellent health care through education and leadership training, as well as strengthening patient programs. Your contribution will last in perpetuity.


Sherri & David Durica Durica Family Endowed Scholarshp Fund

Billie Spector Robert M. Spector, M.D. Memorial Scholarship

Betty & Bill Silman Dr. & Mrs. James B. Silman M.D. Scholarship Fund

How does an endowment work? When you fund an endowment, the principal is invested through the Norman Regional Health Foundation. The principal is never spent; rather a portion of the return it generates is distributed to support scholarships and education and training for Norman Regional Health System healers. There are several ways you can establish an endowment. Many give through a cash donation. Others use stock and forms of securities to establish their endowment. Other options include securing your legacy through a living trust or a will, which can encompass all or a portion of your estate. The following are examples of donors helping to enhance excellent healthcare through establishing an endowment. How will your story read?


Long term support for a specific purpose.

The Joyce Steen Fund After 34 years of loving dedication to nursing and improving the quality of care for her patients, Joyce Steen retired in 1982. Joyce began her nursing career at Norman Municipal Hospital in 1948, developed and managed her position as Patient Coordinator in 1968 and was named Nurse of the Year by the Oklahoma State Nurses Association in 1971. To honor and celebrate her distinguished career, Joyce’s family decided to endow a gift in her name. “We wanted mom to know, today, how proud we are of her accomplishments,” said daughter Kathy McLaughlin. “Her caring heart made her who she is and who we are as a family. So, we created the Joyce Steen Fund which supports continuing education for Registered Nurses employed at Norman Regional. We wanted mom to see her gift in action.” “This is a marvelous fund,” said Joyce Steen. “It’s a lot more fun to be a part of the process while I can still enjoy it.” Kathy and Scott McLaughlin made an initial $5,000 contribution to Norman Regional Health Foundation. Each year, a portion of the income from the invested money will be used to support continuing education.

Kathy McLaughlin, Joyce Steen, Scott McLaughlin


Support future leaders through education.

Robert M. Spector M.D. Memorial Scholarship Fund From studying new surgical techniques to learning how to fly, Dr. Robert Spector was a life-long learner. His love of education was one of the reasons his wife, Billie Spector, established the Dr. Robert Spector Memorial Scholarship Fund. “Robert loved to teach. As head surgery resident in Dallas, he would mentor interns in surgery and teach them how to interact with patients,” said Ms. Spector. Robert Spector joined the Norman Regional Hospital surgical staff in 1974 and was a respected colleague and caring and compassionate surgeon until his plane accident in 2005. “I wanted to establish a scholarship in his memory for education. He would appreciate knowing there is a scholarship for people continuing to learn.”

Did You Know? More than 180 educational scholarships have been awarded over the past 8 years.

Evanna Esadooah Memorial Nursing Scholarship Fund “Whenever I think of Evanna Esadooah I remember her kindness and her love of learning and sharing her knowledge with others,” said NRHS co-worker and fund collaborator, Irene Massad. As a “well-seasoned nurse” with years of experience in various departments, Evanna was well-suited for mentoring others, and during her years in Endoscopy she served as an instructor to new nurses and technicians alike. She provided training to the inpatient nursing floors, and represented the Endoscopy department at numerous community health fairs and other events. It was her love of learning and of nurturing others that inspired the idea of continuing her legacy through the establishment of an Endowed Scholarship Fund in her name.


Contribute to the training and education of NRHS healers.

Tanja & Aaron Boyd Nursing Education Fund With their roots firmly entrenched in healthcare, Dr. Aaron Boyd (Norman Regional Health System Intensivist and Chief Medical Officer) and his wife Tanja, formerly a clinical nurse and nurse manager, established an endowed fund to provide up to date didactic and hands-on education for clinical nurses. “We believe nurses at the bedside are the most vital link to patient outcomes,” said Dr. Boyd. “Tanja and I both understand the need for and value of ongoing education for clinical nurses. Unfortunately, in spite of its gravity, the time and budget necessary for nurses’ continuing education is very limited.” In Dr. Boyd’s 16-year career at Norman Regional he has witnessed the compassion and caring from the nursing staff with their patients on a daily basis. To support the more than 790 clinical nurses at NRHS, the Boyds directed their endowed fund for bedside nurses’ education through lectures and skills fairs. “Hospital patients are vulnerable and completely reliant on their healthcare providers for safe, sound and up-to-date care. Both of us have always been passionate about patients receiving excellent care, and about the value of great nurses, and we thought this endowment could be one way to broadly influence our convictions,” added Boyd. Leaving a legacy gift is a personal choice based on various reasons – in celebration of a career, to honor a loved one, or to fulfill an unmet need or area that one is passionate about. “Establishing our fund was an extremely easy process. In working with the Foundation we created a flexible, tailored agreement and our initial contribution and ongoing funding through their online portal made it convenient,” Boyd included.

iPads provided by the Boyd Nursing Education Fund to enhance patient care through staff education.


Maureen Bynum Chester L. & Maureen Bynum Scholarship Fund

Maril Weber, M.D. Dr. Maril Weber Palliative Care Advancement Fund

Irene Massad Evanna Esadooah Memorial Nursing Scholarship Fund

Join us in making Norman Regional Health System the community leader in health and wellness care in our region. Establish an endowment. Leave your legacy. • • •

Invest in Education Promote Professional Development Strengthen Patient Care

All endowed funds can be established with a minimum $5,000 contribution to the Norman Regional Health Foundation.


For more information contact the Foundation at 405.307.1077.

901 North Porter Avenue, Box 1665 Norman, OK 73070-1665 www.NRHFoundation.org

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Leave a Lasting Legacy  

Impacting future generations of healers.

Leave a Lasting Legacy  

Impacting future generations of healers.

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