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SMHC Auxiliary Presents Two Scholarships in Memory of Past President Carolyn Walker

Denise LaRoche, president-elect of the Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC) Auxiliary, announced at the Annual Meeting of the Auxiliary that SMHC employees Jennifer Burgess, RN-BSN and Keely Stanhope, nuclear medicine technologist, were each chosen to receive a $1,000 Carolyn F. Walker Auxiliary Scholarship for Employee Recognition for 2016. Now in its sixth year, the scholarships will be used for expenses and tuition from enrollment in a credit bearing post-secondary course.

“We renamed the scholarship last year as a tribute to Carolyn Walker, who gave tirelessly of herself for the benefit of the hospital, patients, providers and our community,” said Auxiliary President-Elect Denise LaRoche. “The winners this year embody her dedication to the greater community, reflected in their efforts to better themselves while continuing to serve.  It was an honor to present Jennifer and Keely with scholarships.” LaRoche also expressed her gratitude to Auxilians Diane Lovejoy, Joan Gordon and Karen Chasse for their service on the Scholarship Committee.

Jennifer Burgess, RN-BSN graduated from St. Joseph’s College and has been employed by SMHC for five years. She is currently enrolled in the Family Nurse Practitioner program at St. Joseph’s College while working full time on the mental health unit of SMHC.

Keely Stanhope, nuclear medicine technologist, has been employed by SMHC for 20 years. She is a member of the Hospital Emergency Response Task Force, the SMHC Ethics Committee and Operational Ethics team. Stanhope is currently enrolled in courses towards completing her BS in Nuclear Medicine.

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 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 Jennifer Burgess, RN-BSN is awarded the Carolyn F. Walker Auxiliary Scholarship for Employee Recognition by SMHC Auxiliary President-Elect Denise LaRoche at Southern Maine Health Care.

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