At a professional gathering of colleagues and friends in May of 1995, Dr. Clair Weenig announced a collaborative gift from a grateful patient and two prominent John Muir Health physicians to establish the Douglas M. Lange, M.D., Clair S. Weenig, M.D., Walter and Eve Markstein Nursing Education Endowment Fund.
The purpose of the endowment is to support the quality of care that John Muir Health nursing staff provide patients by financially supporting their educational quest to enhance the level of peri-operative care of the surgical patient.
With an initial investment of $10,500, a commitment to make on-going gifts to the endowment, and the expert financial management of the endowment by the John Muir Health Investment & Finance Committee, the value of this endowment has grown to approximately $120,000 and provides annual support for its stated purpose in excess of $6,000 per year.
Over the years, many John Muir Health Operating Room personnel have received (and will continue to receive in perpetuity) financial assistance in their pursuit of additional education and training as a result of the vision and generosity of these individuals. Annual awards from the endowment are made in honor or memory of a surgeon or anesthesiologist recognized for having made a significant contribution to John Muir Health. Most recently, these awards were made in the name of Dr. Deborah Kerlin (2019) and Dr. Sheafe Ewing (2020).
As a further testimony of their values, Clair and his wife Joan, R.N., have made a commitment to add to this endowment through their estate plan.