Published on May 15, 2012

Genesis Nursing Scholarships Awarded

The Genesis Health Services Foundation has awarded scholarships to 36 health system nurses who are advancing their educations to better serve Genesis patients.

More than $150,000 in nursing scholarships were awarded last week to recognize National Nurses Week.

Nursing scholarships help Genesis recruit and retain highly trained and skilled health professionals who provide quality care to patients. Scholarship funding is raised from the annual Genesis Pro-Am Challenge golf event and other special events and gifts.

"By establishing strong relationships with nursing students and assisting Genesis nurses as they advance their educations, Genesis is planning for our future needs to provide the best care possible for patients,'' said Judy Pranger, chief nurse executive and vice president, Genesis Health System.  "We are always reaching out to students in health careers with the hope that they will become valued Genesis employees in the future.''

Tosha Allen, MSN, was given the $3,000 Virginia Pilcher Award toward a Ph.D in nursing. Allen is an Emergency Department nurse at Genesis Medical Center, East Rusholme St.

MSN Degree Completion Awards of $2,000 were received by Janet Annen, VNA and Hospice; Heidi Bradley, GMC Davenport, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; Katie Browne, GMC Davenport, Oncology;  Petra Chase, GMC Davenport, Cardiac Step Down; Katie Driscoll, GMC Davenport, Pediatrics/Adult Surgical; Lucia Dryanski, GMC Davenport, Patient Services; Sarah Goodwin, GMC Davenport, Surgical Specialty; Penny Jagers, GMC Davenport, Emergency Department; Angela Kinney,
GMC Davenport, Medical; Julie Leonard, GMC Davenport, Emergency Department; Christine Lynn, GMC Davenport, POCC/PACU; Lindsay Miller, GMC Davenport, ICU; Nancy Ritter, GMC Davenport, Pulmonary; Richelle Roethler, GMC Illini, Silvis, Cardiac Rehab (Family Nurse Practitioner Degree); Lori Spavin, GHS, Central Scheduling; Tricia Steines, GMC Davenport, Emergency Department; Janet Stoeffen, GHS, Regional Referral (scholarship sponsored by Lawrence and Marilyn Matteson, Moline); Theresa Summers-Main, GMC Illini, Silvis, Patient Services;
Sherri Ulfig, GMC Illini, Silvis, Patient Care (scholarship sponsored by Lawrence and Marilyn Matteson); Lee Westendorf, GMC Davenport, Surgical Specialty.

BSN Degree Completion Awards of $2,000 were received by Dee Allison, GHS,  IT Physician Liaison; Saysha Bolden, GMC Davenport, Surgical Intensive Care; Amy Brammann, GMC Davenport, Pulmonary; Laurie Caldwell, GMC Illini, Silvis, Medical/Telemetry; Karoline Crowder, GMC  Davenport, NCS; Jodie Daxon, GMC Davenport, Medical-Surgical (this scholarship sponsored by Brad Treiber, Treiber Construction, Davenport); Stefanie Dreher, GMC Davenport, Cancer Care Institute; Andrae Eldredge-McMillan, GMC Davenport, Cardiac Stepdown Unit; Amber Harper, GHG, Surgical Associates; Danielle Hoffmann, GMC Illini Silvis, Emergency Department; Rosemary Moreno, GMC Illini, Silvis, Cardio/Pulmonary Rehab; Lorraine Pacha, GHS, Employee Health Nurse; Kelli Rutledge, GMC Illini, Silvis, Cardiac Care; Susan Smith, GMC Illini, Silvis, Cardiac Cath Lab; Deb Ward, GMC Davenport, Cardiac.

"Attaining higher education and expanding your knowledge base improves your critical thinking and leadership skills,'' said Julie Leonard, who received a scholarship to help toward MSN degree completion.  "As advocates for our patients, it is important that we continually strive to improve our level of skills and education."

In addition to the above awards (and not included in the $145,000),  the DeWitt Hospital Foundation presented BSN Degree Completion awards to the following:

Chelsey Hawthorne, Long Term Care; Laura Johnson, Long Term Care - Medical Unit; Chris Thornburg, Medical-Surgical.

This year's Pro-Am Challenge to raise funds for the nursing scholarship program will be held Aug. 20.  Lujack Lexus of Quad Cities and Quad City Bank & Trust are tournament sponsors.

For information or reservations to play in the Pro-Am Challenge, call (563) 421-6861 or go to www.genesishealth.com/give.
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