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Occupational Health Expert Gives to Education

Annette Haag (right) has spent more than 34 years educating occupational health and safety professionals as one of the foremost authorities on occupational health, safety and nursing in the country.

A 1964 graduate from one of Rush’s predecessor schools, Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing, Annette says the hands-on experience she received as a nursing student helped her build a career around instructing businesses on preventing employee injuries and illnesses, as well as assisting occupational health nurses in obtaining their necessary certifications. In gratitude, she decided to make a bequest to Rush to help motivated nursing students without the financial means receive similar career-guiding education as she did.

“I was so impressed with the exceptional skills and experience Presbyterian-St. Luke’s provided me as a student, and Rush has kept that reputation all the way to today,” Annette said. “It’s a privilege to support one of the premier nursing programs in the country.”

Bequests like Annette Haag’s are important resources as nursing education at Rush continues to evolve. Planned gifts of all sizes and designations have enabled Rush University College of Nursing to offer hands-on learning opportunities like the new Rush Center for Clinical Skills and Simulation; increased availability of scholarship assistance for promising students; supported emerging nursing research and community outreach; and strengthened the quality of the college’s faculty and available resources. 

What’s more, in the changing field of health care, a gift through your will, trust, or life income arrangement will ensure that valuable resources will be there when Rush’s faculty, nurses and students need them most.

Annette, a member of the Rush Heritage Society, says that the impact of Rush’s efforts, including support from its donors, is visible throughout Rush’s patient care, research, education and community outreach.

“Every time I come back for reunions, I see the results,” Annette said, about why she continues to give to Rush.

Please contact Susan Sasvari, senior director of gift planning, at (312) 942-3691 or at for more information on gift strategies that can help you support Rush into the future.

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