About Us

A Story of Gratitude

The genesis of the Beckwith Institute is rooted in a personal experience that inspired G. Nicholas and Dotty Beckwith to help fund the ingenuity they believe will transform patient care and improve clinical outcomes. In 1990, a medical emergency placed Dotty Beckwith in the care of UPMC Shadyside Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. Mrs. Beckwith was deeply grateful for the compassion and care she received from the doctors and nurses during her recovery.

This gratitude inspired the Beckwiths to donate $500,000 to the UPMC Shadyside Foundation in 1991, and thus to co-found the Beckwith Institute for Innovation in Nursing.

In 2012, the Beckwiths donated an additional $5 million, which UPMC matched.

In 2013, the Institute’s brand evolved through the addition of its tagline, “Patient Care Innovation Today and Tomorrow”. The strategic track of “today and tomorrow” is a critical distinction, as it allows the Institute to:

Every year, the Institute carefully evaluates and awards grants to applicants who demonstrate promise of measurable impact and positive change for patient care. Grant submissions range from professional skill development solutions to intuitive process improvements to administrative and technology innovations. All grants awarded share the same goal: to significantly improve patient care.

A Celebration of Survivorship

An educational and support tool for survivors.​