The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis proudly bears the name of a passionate woman dedicated to improving the quality of health care. Betty Irene Moore is the co-founder of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, which committed $100 million in 2007 to launch the School of Nursing at UC Davis.
Betty Irene Moore was born in Los Gatos, Calif. Her father passed away when she was 2 and she and her mother joined Betty’s grandparents at their Los Gatos area fruit ranch. She attended schools in the vicinity until she went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in journalism from San Jose State College, where she met Gordon Moore, and began her career in advertising and public relations. The Moores married in 1950 and have two sons. Gordon Moore is most widely recognized for co-founding Intel Corp. in 1968 and for his theory, known as Moore’s Law, which drives the semiconductor industry.
The couple established the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation in 2000 to develop projects that improve the quality of life for future generations and make positive changes in the world.
Drawing on her experiences as a patient and a voluntary caregiver for others, Betty made improving nursing care in her community a priority. As a result, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation launched the Betty Irene Moore Nursing Initiative in 2003. Betty’s passion led to the foundation’s commitment to expand nursing education and research opportunities through a public-private partnership with UC Davis to launch the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. Both projects illustrate Betty’s vision to improve patient safety and outcomes through nurse-led initiatives. She continues to play an active role as a member on the foundation’s Board of Trustees to ensure her vision for quality health care and safety is realized.
The need is significant. More than 81 million Americans over age 20 have one or more types of cardiovascular disease such as high blood pressure, coronary heart disease or congestive heart failure. Peripheral vascular disease is estimated to affect up to 10 million Americans. UC Davis Health System is improving cardiovascular health through state-of-the-art patient care, cutting-edge research, education and outreach.