The Helen Baszucki Center for Nursing Excellence

An investment in the professional development of nursing

The Helen Baszucki Center for Nursing Excellence logo

In recognition of the critical roles nurses play in healthcare, Montage Health founded the Helen Baszucki Center for Nursing Excellence.

The center is funded through a generous gift to Montage Health Foundation from Paul Baszucki, in honor of his late wife, Helen, a dedicated nurse and clinical instructor. The center will invest in the growth of nurses and the nursing profession through initiatives including:

  • Supporting education by offering high-quality courses to enhance nursing practice, and scholarships for those pursuing bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in nursing
  • Increasing training programs for specialized roles in Community Hospital’s surgical, maternal health, intensive care, and emergency departments
  • Increasing enrollment in the Maurine Church Coburn School of Nursing. About 80 percent of the school’s graduates have become nurses in Monterey County
  • Introducing research and innovation opportunities to advance the science of nursing and improve patient care
  • Investing in leadership development for nurses

Through the center, Montage Health nurses will build a strategic plan to care for those they serve while also addressing the quadruple aim of improving health outcomes, enhancing patient experiences, reducing the cost of care, and improving nurses’ experience.

Dr. Packer

From Steven Packer, MD, President/CEO Montage Health

“Nurses are the primary face of care for so many of our patients, and the Helen Baszucki Center for Nursing Excellence is an investment in current and future generations of these indispensable healthcare professionals. We are so grateful for this generous and visionary gift from Paul Baszucki.”

About Helen Baszucki

Helen BaszuckiBecoming a nurse was a lifelong dream for Helen Baszucki, fulfilled when she completed a four-year, in-residence training program at Holy Family Hospital in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada. Helen brought diligence, caring, empathy, and kindness to her work, and then passed those traits on to others as a clinical nursing instructor.

Her training and experience informed much of her approach to life, and her love and respect for the profession continued until her death in September 2020.

To honor Helen’s life and work, Paul Baszucki, her husband of 59 years, provided a generous gift to Montage Health Foundation to establish the Helen Baszucki Center for Nursing Excellence.

Upcoming Events

  • Nov
    29
    Tuesday
    12:45 PM - 1:45 PM
    Led by a dietitian, we'll review the definition, causes, and strategies to control mindless eating and promote a more mindful and healthful lifestyle.
  • Nov
    29
    Tuesday
    4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    In this online workshop you will learn how to plan for and talk about what you want when it comes to serious illness and end-of-life care. Taking these steps now will reduce stress later.
  • Dec
    1
    Thursday
    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Physical activity doesn’t need to be hard. Walking boosts physical health, mental well-being, and can help manage serious health conditions.
  • Dec
    1
    Thursday
    3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
    For organizations enrolled in the Tyler Heart Institute AED Program. Learn what an AED is, when it should be used, who can use it, and how to use it.
  • Dec
    5
    Monday
    1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Join this in-person workshop on planning for and talking about what we want when it comes to serious illness and end-of-life care. Taking these steps now will reduce stress later, and allow your choices to be honored.
  • Dec
    6
    Tuesday
    6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    Surgeons Mark Vierra and Steven S. Chang have helped thousands of people get on a path to weight loss and better health through weight-loss surgery.
  • Dec
    12
    Monday
    10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    Join these interactive meetings to share your experiences and concerns about living with Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes, facilitated by our registered nurse and dietitian diabetes educators. Learn from your peers and diabetes experts in this welcoming and supportive environment.
  • Dec
    12
    Monday
    4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    In this online workshop you will learn how to plan for and talk about what you want when it comes to serious illness and end-of-life care. Taking these steps now will reduce stress later.
  • Dec
    16
    Friday
    4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Take a virtual tour through a grocery store with a registered dietitian and learn important skills to shop smart with your nutrition goals in mind. The dietitian will provide shopping tips on seasonal items, the nutritional value of different types of foods, how to read nutrition labels, and how to identify grains with health benefits.
  • Dec
    20
    Tuesday
    11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
    Learn more about fad diets and the research behind what works to promote healthy, long-lasting weight management.