Maurine Church Coburn School of Nursing
The Maurine Church Coburn School of Nursing at Monterey Peninsula College (MPC) was co-founded and is co-funded by Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, with funding support from the community through Montage Health Foundation.
The school was created thanks to Coburn, a visionary community member and philanthropist who served on the hospital’s board and worked closely with its first chief executive officer, Tom Tonkin. Coburn was concerned about a critical nursing shortage on the Monterey Peninsula, so funds from a trust established after her death in 1977 were used to start the school and to help support its continuing operations.
The school is a unique public-private partnership between the college, Community Hospital and Montage Health Foundation. All faculty are employees of Community Hospital, and the entities share the cost of the school, helping to ensure quality healthcare is maintained on the Monterey Peninsula.
Since it opened in 1982, more than 1,400 nurses have graduated, and about 75 percent have worked at Community Hospital at some time in their careers.
Learn more about the school and its nursing program on the Monterey Peninsula College website.
If you would like to make a gift to support the school and help maintain quality healthcare on the Monterey Peninsula, visit Montage Health Foundation’s website to make a gift online, or call (831) 658-3630 to speak with a foundation team member.