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SMHC Auxiliary Awards Two Employee Recognition Scholarships

05/13/2014

Patricia A. Bibber, president of the Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC) Auxiliary, announced today at the Annual Meeting of the Auxiliary that Stacy Cleary and Joanne Livingston were each chosen to receive a $1,000 scholarship from the SMHC Auxiliary Employee Recognition Scholarship program, now in its fourth year.

Cleary is enrolled at Saint Joseph's College of Maine completing her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree and was recently accepted into Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program.  She is currently the Risk Management Specialist at SMHC and will be utilizing the scholarship funds to obtain her certification in risk management.  Clearly adds, “This certification will provide me with the best possible knowledge base that will allow me to perform at the highest level possible ultimately benefiting the SMHC Medical Center.”

Livingston is enrolled at the University of Southern Maine completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Leadership and Organizational Studies.  She is currently the Volunteer Supervisor at SMHC’s Sanford Medical Center and will be utilizing the scholarship funds to bridge the gap between tuition reimbursement and expenses.  Livingston adds, “I am deeply committed to helping to make my community the best it can be.  I am proud to be an SMHC employee and I wear my badge with honor.  I believe the knowledge and skills that I am gaining through my program of studies will make me a more valuable employee for many years to come.”

In announcing the scholarship, Ms. Bibber remarked: “This scholarship was established to recognize the dedicated service of employees of SMHC and to help them acquire additional education.  Knowledge is priceless and this program allows us to reinvest in SMHC’s greatest asset – their people – which in turn benefits our community.”  She also expressed her gratitude to Auxilians Joan Gordon, Joan Dawson, and Denise LaRoche, who coordinated the application process and interviewed the potential recipients.

In accepting their scholarships, the recipients were deeply grateful for the financial assistance given to them by the Auxiliary in order to continue their studies.  They were thankful for the Auxiliary’s confidence in them and are excited to pursue the next levels of their respective goals in education.

About Southern Maine Health Care
Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC) is a national award-winning healthcare system, including two acute care medical centers; one in Biddeford, Maine licensed for 150 beds and one in Sanford, Maine, licensed for 58 beds. SMHC offers excellent clinical care and a multi-specialty physician services group with medical offices providing outpatient care located in Biddeford, Kennebunk, Old Orchard Beach, Saco, Sanford and Waterboro. Eldercare services are provided through four sites located in Sanford. Non-emergency care is available at Walk-In Care centers in Saco and Waterboro. SMHC is Joint Commission accredited, Pathway to Excellence designated, state-licensed, and is a member of the MaineHealth system. To learn more visit smhc.org or @smhcHealth on Twitter.

About SMHC Auxiliary
The SMHC Auxiliary has been an integral part of the hospital family since 1907, raising and donating over $2 million to SMHC over the past 100 years. This dynamic group helps people across York County through their support of many important patient care programs and services that would otherwise not receive funding, such as massage therapy for cancer patients.  Their mission is to support the SMHC administration, staff, programs and patients by offering volunteer hours, financial support, and creative collaboration to better serve our health community.

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PHOTO CAPTION: (l-r) Scholarship winner Stacy Cleary, Scholarship Committee Chair Joan Gordon, scholarship winner Joanne Livingston, Auxilian Denise LaRoche, Auxilian Joan Dawson and Southern Maine Health Care Auxilian President Patricia A. Bibber.

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