Published on May 24, 2013

Genesis Awards $156,000 in Nursing Scholarships

The Genesis Health Services Foundation recently awarded $156,500 in scholarships at the annual Distinguished Nurse Lecture.

The Virginia Pilcher Scholarship of $4,000 was awarded to Amy Fox, RN, BSN, an operating room nurse who is working toward her MSN. This scholarship was established in 1989 in recognition of the high standard of excellence in nursing established and exemplified by Virginia L. Pilcher, R.N., as Vice President and Director of the Department of Nursing for Mercy Hospital during her 43 years of employment.

Additionally, $2,500 degree completion scholarships were awarded to thirty-seven nurses employed by Genesis who are working toward BSN, MSN or DNP (Doctorate of Nursing Practice) degrees.

The DeWitt Foundation awarded three scholarships to nurses who are working toward degrees.

“We’re very proud of all of our nurses who are continuing their educations for the benefit of the patients we serve,’’ said Jackie Anhalt, MS, MSN, RN-BC, chief nursing executive, Genesis Health System. “Studies have determined that patient care is  safer and the outcomes are improved when nurses have the critical thinking skills gained from their continuing nursing education.’’

Proceeds from the annual Genesis Foundation Pro-Am Challenge as well as generous donations from employees, community members and local organizations help to fund these scholarships.

Here is the list of Genesis nurses who have been awarded degree completion scholarships:

Virginia Pilcher Scholarship – Amy Fox, operating room.

Genesis Nursing Degree Completion Scholarship Recipients -- Dee Allison, information technology; Katie Brown, oncology; Lindsey Bunton, rehabilitation; Alice Ceurvorst, intensive care; Karoline Crowder, wound/ostomy; Moya Cullen-Jackson, surgical unit; Stefani Dreher, cancer care; Mary Gacii, obstetrics; Marcia Heeren, oncology; Danielle Hoffmann, patient services; Penny Jagers, emergency department; Amber James, cardiovascular stepdown; Sue Jennings, surgical services; Akona Kpandja, med/tele; Julie Leonard, emergency; Amy Lippens, Genesis Health Group; Kelsey Lisius, physical rehabilitation; Natalie Little, nursing clinical support; Christine Mahieu, outpatient care; Cathy Marty, hospice; Ann Maxwell, wound; Michelle Miller, surgical intensive care; Rosemary Moreno, cardiopulmonary rehab; Emily Mott, post anesthesia care unit; Megan Nache, information technology; Shauna Nuci, cardiovascular intervention; Carrie Ricketts, pediatrics; Khristine Rollinger, pediatrics/adult surgical; Patricia Said, quality; Lori Schwarm, cardiac intervention unit; Molly Stehn, surgical specialty unit; Janet Stoefen, regional referral; Heather Turnmeyer, medical/pulmonary; Margaret Ulrich, emergency; Deb Ward, cardiac diagnostics; Cameron Wold, operating room.

DeWitt Foundation scholarships -- Alyssa Donahue, emergency; Lindsey Lange, medical/surgical; Christine Metz, Westwing Place.

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