[Cebu City] June 13, 2022— At a special dedication ceremony on Friday, the University of Hawaii at Manoa formally renamed its nursing school the Nancy Atmospera-Walch School of Nursing after Nancy Atmospera-Walch, a Filipino born nurse.
Atmospera-Walch is the first immigrant woman to have a UH school named after her.
She was honored by the university for her “transformational gift” that will have an “enduring impact on the quality of nursing education, student success, community service, and the nursing profession.”
“Everything that I have achieved in my profession I owe it to being a nurse. And being a nurse, I owe it to the University of Hawaii,” she said.
Nancy Atmospera-Walch was born in Vigan, Ilocos Sur in the Philippines. She and her family moved after she graduated from high school. Despite being discouraged from pursuing college in her new nation, she went on to receive multiple degrees from the school of nursing at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Atmospera-Walch founded Advantage Health Care Provider and the AIM Healthcare Institute and worked for The Queen’s Medical Center for nearly 30 years.
She was also recognized as a nursing school donor and for her contributions to the profession.
“It is a tremendous honor to be the namesake of the Nursing School because my nursing education has had a great influence on my career and my life,” Dr. Nancy Atmospera-Walch said in the university’s news release about the naming and dedication ceremony on May 20, 2022.