Nursing Alumna Recognized as First-Ever Endowed Chair for Nursing Excellence by the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation

Diane S. Hupp, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, a Duquesne University School of Nursing alumna and a member of the School of Nursing Dean's Advisory Board, has been awarded the first-ever Endowed Chair for Nursing Excellence.

The Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation Board of Trustees recently created the Endowed Chair in recognition of the dedication, expertise, compassion, and talent of UPMC Children's nurses. This newly established chair will help advance nursing research and professional development.

"Diane's leadership has transformed the nursing division at UPMC Children's during her 35-year career here," says Mark Sevco, president, UPMC Children's, according to a Children's Hospital release. "Especially over the last year, I'm in awe of all that our nursing staff has accomplished under Diane's leadership. From developing PPE distribution plans at the start of the pandemic, to hosting mass vaccination clinics, Diane has led our hospital's crisis response team and gone above and beyond to ensure that UPMC Children's is at the forefront of this community's response to COVID-19. There is no better person to hold the inaugural Endowed Chair for Nursing Excellence than her."

Dr. Hupp is the vice president of operations and patient care services and chief nursing officer at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. She earned her BSN from Duquesne University in 1987 and her MSN in 1995.

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