The VHC Health Foundation supports nursing excellence through the Friends of Nursing Fund, which rewards exceptional caregivers with professional development opportunities. In 2022, more than $200,000 was awarded in awards and scholarships to 31 VHC Health nurses. These nurses and donors to the fund were recognized for their commitment to improving the health of the community at the annual 2022 Friends of Nursing Awards reception.

The Friends of Nursing Fund began as a single contribution by the Caruthers Family in 1989 and has now grown to over 50 different Friends of Nursing funds totaling over $3.6 Million. This longevity is an example of philanthropy in action and the community’s commitment to investing and retaining the best nurses in the Washington-DC Metropolitan region.