Donor Profile: Arthur and Joyce Hurvitz

Maintaining The Miriam’s outstanding culture of nursing care and excellence means offering the best continuing education opportunities we can for our staff. Few people know this better than Arthur Hurvitz—an invaluable member of The Miriam family for four decades and the 2009 Miriam Hospital Person of the Year—who has become one of our leading champions for nursing excellence, as well as advancement of the hospital overall.

Arthur and his wife, Joyce, have furthered nursing education at The Miriam by establishing the Hurvitz Nursing Scholarship Endowed Fund, which provides ongoing education for the hospital’s award-winning nurses. Arthur even received the status of honorary nurse from Maria P. Ducharme, MS, NEA-BC, RN, The Miriam’s senior vice president, patient care services, and chief nursing officer.

“I was first introduced to nursing at The Miriam by Jeannette Matrone, RN, PhD who led the program when the hospital first received Magnet status. She was my mentor, and I quickly learned that the nurses largely make the culture of The Miriam what it is,” Arthur says. “Doctors might spend short periods with each patient, but nurses spend all day and night with them. They are the ones who make the hospital feel like home for the patient. The Miriam nurses deserve all the credit they get—they’re the best. And the more education they receive, the better our patient outcomes will be."

A veteran of World War II who received the Purple Heart after being wounded in the Battle of the Bulge, Arthur attended Georgia Institute of Technology on the GI Bill and received bachelor’s degrees in industrial engineering and textile engineering. He had a successful career and retired as the president of Health-Tex, one of the largest manufacturers of children’s clothing.

"The Miriam nurses deserve all the credit they get—they’re the best. And the more education they receive, the better our patient outcomes will be." – Arthur Hurvitz

Arthur joined The Miriam Hospital board of trustees in 1974 and has served as a trustee and an officer, in addition to countless committee assignments, during his tenure. When he completed his term as trustee in 2004, he joined the foundation board and co-chaired The Campaign for the Next Generation along with Marie J. Langlois. This was the largest campaign in the hospital’s history, raising more than $30 million and leading to the opening of the Victor and Gussie Baxt Building.

“Arthur has been a mentor for so many of us who volunteer at The Miriam. He leads by example in establishing the highest standards for quality and philanthropy,” says Edward D. Feldstein, past chair of the Foundation board. “For 40 years, Arthur’s efforts have helped us become a nationally recognized leader providing the highest quality of hospital care among academic medical facilities.”

Adds Arthur Sampson, president of The Miriam Hospital, “Arthur has enthusiastically taken on any task, mundane or complex, to support the hospital’s mission and ensure that the hospital’s name continues to be synonymous with the highest quality health care. On behalf of everyone who works at The Miriam Hospital, I am enormously grateful for the friendship and support of Arthur and Joyce.”

Arthur and Joyce have also included The Miriam Hospital as a beneficiary of their estate plan. Their provision will provide critical future support to ensure that The Miriam will continue to offer highest level of care and commitment, for which we are renowned, to our patients and community. “The Miriam Hospital is here to make people well so that they can leave the hospital and go on with their lives. That’s what I work for and I hope my gifts will help accomplish,” Arthur says.