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2021 Spring Luncheon

The 2021 PARTNERS Spring Luncheon was a resounding success, surpassing its fundraising goal in support of student scholarships and faculty research at Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth. Read more about the virtual event, at which keynote speaker Deborah Norville extolled the benefits of gratitude, and see the photos on Facebook.

Highlights from 2019 Spring Luncheon

The 25th Celebration of PARTNERS was spectacular! Award-winning film producer and author, Carolyn Jones, brought her compelling stories of “The American Nurse” and “Defining Hope” from New York City to an enthusiastic and reverent crowd of Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth PARTNERS supporters.   Her most recent film documenting emergency department nurses will be released soon.    

Ms. Jones, a cancer survivor, focuses on nurses because she was grateful for the nurses that helped her in her own battle with cancer. Many of the PARTNERS ardent supporters state the same ideology. 

The fundraising luncheon took place on Thursday, April 4, 2019, at the River Oaks Country Club and was Co-Chaired by Drs. Kelli Cohen Fein and Sippi Khurana. Approximately $150,000 was raised in support of scholarships, research, and Cizik School of Nursing programs. View the photos from the 2019 luncheon.


Kenneth and Carla Diaz-Lewis were honorees at the 25th celebration for their continued support of Cizik School of Nursing. Pictured above (L-R), Mrs. Dias-Lewis delivers a large supply of hand sanitizer to Dean Diane Santa Maria for students to use during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Virtual Fall Coffee

This year’s coffee was hosted virtually on September 30. With the theme of “Nurses at the Forefront of the COVID-19 Pandemic,” it showcased the impact PARTNERS has on Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth.


From birth through illness to the end of life journey, the nurse is the HEART and HANDS of medicine.

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Make a Donation to PARTNERS online in the form of joining the Circle of Support, adding to the PARTNERS Scholarship Endowment Fund, supporting the UTHealth School of Nursing through a donation to the Dean's Excellence Fund, or by making a general contribution to PARTNERS.