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Beacon Health Foundation awards scholarships to 70 recipients across the health system

Beacon Health System’s generous donors have again stepped up to help address the national nursing shortage, and congratulations are in order. The Beacon Health Foundation recently awarded more than $270,000 in scholarships to 70 applicants for 2022.

The scholarships typically support non-clinical associates who want to enter the nursing field, as well as nurses pursuing advanced degrees.

“Our donors are investing in Beacon nurses and future nurses because of how much they value the critical role that they play in providing vital care in our community,” said Susan King, president of the Beacon Health Foundation.

One of the Spring 2022 scholarship recipients, Raquel Cruz, said it seems that the “possibilities are endless” at Beacon. She hired on at Memorial in 2011 as a part-time Hospitality Associate in the Dietary Department. In less than a year she will take a full-time position as a Respiratory Therapist.

“Receiving the Beacon scholarship allowed my journey to be less difficult,” Cruz said. “I truly felt the support of the leadership team at Memorial Hospital, and I will be forever grateful.”

Scholarship recipient Heather Lamley, an Emergency Department technician at Elkhart General Hospital, agreed.

“I’m so happy to a part of the Beacon family,” Lamley said. “I am very appreciative of this scholarship opportunity. It puts me one step closer to reaching my goal of becoming a registered nurse.”

The Spring 2022 scholarship recipients include:

Loretta Adams, Patient Care Assistant, Memorial Hospital, pursuing BSN
Jeanne Anderson, Pharmacy Director, Memorial, pursuing MBA
Ashley Marie Brunt, RN Care Coordinator, Elkhart General, pursuing MSN, FNP
Rion Buck, CAN/SA, Elkhart General, pursuing BSN
Megan Calkins, RN, Memorial, pursuing MSN
Jana Camacho-Rosales, Phlebotomist, Memorial, pursuing ASN
Xavier Clearwater, Patient Care Assistant, Memorial, pursuing RN
Rodrigo Correa, Rehabilitation Inpatient Services Director, Memorial, pursuing RN
Holly Crume, LPN, Memorial, pursuing ASN
Andrea Cruz, Patient Care Assistant, Memorial, pursuing ASN
Raquel Cruz, Clinical Associate, Memorial, pursuing respiratory therapy degree
Paige Davila, Patient Care Assistant, Memorial, pursuing ASN
Ashley Dean, Patient Care Assistant, Memorial, pursuing RN
John Diller, RN, Charge Nurse, Elkhart General, pursuing BSN
Shelley Ebersol, Patient Care Assistant, Memorial, pursuing BSN
Luke Eichorn, RN, Memorial, pursuing MSN
Marcy Floyd, RN, Memorial, pursuing MSN
Cassie Freitag, RN, Memorial, pursuing BSN
Nicole Gardner, RN, BSN, Manager of Patient Care Services, Elkhart General, pursuing MSN and MBA
Joshua Geibe, RN, Memorial, pursuing MSN
Danny Grimes, Patient Care Assistant, Memorial, pursuing nursing ASN
Emily Grimes, Unit Clerk, Memorial, pursuing ASN
Emily Haines, Patient Services Representative, Memorial, pursuing Bachelor’s
Chris Hall, MD, Beacon Medical Group, pursing MBA
Jamie Henderson, RN, Elkhart General, pursuing Master’s
Lee Herschberger, Director of Patient Care Services, Elkhart General, pursuing Master’s
Erin Hickok, RN, Memorial, pursuing BSN
Sally Hull, Orthopedics and Spine Coordinator, Memorial, pursuing MBA
Kristen Johnson, 10 South Manager, Memorial, pursuing Master’s
Stephen Kiai, RN, Memorial, pursuing MSN
Marci Killarney, Women & Children Services Manager, Elkhart General, pursuing Master’s
Katelynn Kleckner, Emergency Department Technician, Elkhart General, pursuing ASN
April Kranz, Surgical Services Director, Memorial, pursuing Doctorate
Kelley Kurtz, Risk Manager, Memorial, pursuing BSN
Heather Lamley, Emergency Department Technician, Elkhart General, pursuing BSN
Amanda Lemmers, RN, Elkhart General, pursuing Master’s
Amy Lewis, LPN, Memorial, pursuing ASN
Shavonne Parchman, RN, Elkhart General, pursuing BSN
Brian Pepper, RT/CCL, Elkhart General, pursuing Bachelor’s
James Philson, LPN, Memorial, pursuing BSN
Melissa Reinhart, LPN, Memorial, pursuing RN
Kyle Rotondo, RN, Memorial, pursuing FNP
Darice Ruth, Patient Service Representative, Memorial, pursuing Master’s
Sandra Schutz, Patient Care Services Manager, Community Hospital of Bremen, pursuing Master’s
Shannon Scott, RN, Memorial, pursuing BSN
Amber Stites, Phlebotomist, Bremen, pursuing Associate’s
Meg Szucs, Charge RN, Memorial, pursuing MBA
Ebony Thomas, Certified Surgical Technologist, Memorial, pursuing BSN
Karla Valenzuela Aguilera, Patient Care Assistant, Memorial, pursuing pre-PA school
Mackenzie Swoverland, Patient Care Assistant, Memorial, pursuing LPN
Karri Weber, Patient Care Assistant, Memorial, pursuing ASN
Gail Weismann, Director of Nutritional Services, Memorial, pursuing MBA
Katelynn Weldy, Recreational Therapist, Elkhart General, pursuing ASN

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About Jeff Parrott

Parrott is media relations specialist for Beacon Health System. Before taking that role, Parrott worked as a reporter for 25 years at several Indiana and Michigan newspapers. When he isn’t telling the world about Beacon’s incredible associates, he enjoys watching sports, attempting DIY home improvement projects and spending time with his wife and children.