Established in 1989 by the Independence Foundation of Philadelphia

Image Credit: Independence Foundation On October 31, 1989, the INDEPENDENCE FOUNDATION of Philadelphia made substantial awards to nine of the nation's top nursing schools, including Johns Hopkins, to create at each an Independence Chair in Nursing. The foundation, established in 1961, began to focus on the national nursing shortage in 1985. Robert A. Maes, president of the foundation at the time the nine endowments were announced, said that the interest from the grant should allow nursing programs to engage in long-term planning that would ensure the future of nursing education. "Unlike medical programs, nursing programs have not been richly endowed and, consequently, funds for planning have been scarce," he observed. The policy of support for nursing continued under the leadership of the subsequent foundation president, Theodore K. Warner (pictured), who served from 1993 to 1996.


"This chair allows me to pursue a course of research in pain management that I hope will ultimately improve the quality of life for patients."
Gayle G. Page


GAYLE G. PAGE is a nationally renowned nurse-researcher who is an expert in the area of pain management in children and adults. Her research seeks to demonstrate that providing pain relief is not only a matter of comfort, but a physiologic necessity. She examines the impact of stress on neuroendocrine and immune function in general, and more specifically the impact of postnatal pain experiences on neuroendocrine and immune responses to stress. This work is also supported by a grant from the National Institute for Nursing Research at NIH. Dr. Page is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and co-editor of a widely used doctoral education book, In Search of Nursing Science. She has been on the Hopkins faculty since 1998.