August 28, 2018

Sauk Prairie Healthcare Foundation awards $25K in scholarships to 15 nurses

Representatives of the Sauk Prairie Healthcare Foundation with the 2018 nursing scholarship recipients (left to right): Todd Wuerger (Foundation Executive Director), Chelsey Pulvermacher, Stephanie Killoy, Kathy Greenwood, Mel Sliter, Sarah Lee, Amanda Jensen, Anna Banker (kneeling), Allison Simon, Vicki Anunson, Pat Yanke (Foundation Treasurer). Recipients not pictured include Amanda Chetwood, Stephanie Hatfield, Carolyn Hunter, Robin Labeots, Kaylee Lane, and Ashley Lemmer.
Every year, the Sauk Prairie Healthcare Foundation provides nursing scholarships for employee nurses who are pursuing additional education. This year the Foundation presented a total of $25,000 to 15 nurses at a ceremony held Thursday, August 23. 

Several years ago, Sauk Prairie Healthcare set goals based on the National Nursing 2020 Initiative to increase the percentage of staff with bachelor of nursing degrees. The hospital’s Nursing Council came to the Foundation and asked for help in funding scholarships for current employees who were enrolled in accredited nursing programs. The Foundation awarded $5,000 in the initial year of the program. To date, the Foundation has provided more than $100,000 in nursing scholarships, an investment in both employees and ensuring that patients will receive state-of-the-art care. 

According to Todd Wuerger, Foundation Executive Director, “Sauk Prairie Healthcare Foundation Nursing Scholarships are possible only because of the many loyal and generous donors who choose to give to Sauk Prairie Healthcare Foundation. That includes our providers and employees, our board members, local businesses and many of our patients and their families. 

“Many of the recipients are receiving their second, third or fourth scholarship which is awesome because that means this program is achieving exactly what it was designed for – investing in the education of the nursing staff who are making their careers here AND investing in the best possible care for our patients. They live and breathe the mission of providing extraordinary healthcare from the heart, one person at a time.” 

This year’s award recipients are:

Vicki Anunson, a CNA in Acute Care. She has worked at SPH for almost 15 years and is pursuing an Associate degree in Nursing from Madison College and her expected graduation is this December.

Amanda Chetwood, a CNA in Acute Care. She has worked at SPH for 8 years. Amanda is pursuing an Associate degree in Nursing from Southwest Technical College and her expected graduation is 2020.

Kathleen Greenwood, an RN in the Surgery Department. She has worked at SPH for a little over 2½ years and is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Chamberlain College of Nursing and her expected graduation is 2020. 

Amanda Jensen, an RN in the Emergency Department. She has worked at SPH for almost 2½ years and is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Western Governors University and her expected graduation is this December.

Stephanie Hatfield, an RN in the Emergency Department. She has worked at SPH for 1 year. Stephanie is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Chamberlain College of Nursing and her expected graduation is 2020.

Carolyn Hunter, an RN-2 at the River Valley Clinic. She has worked at SPH for almost 8 years. Carolyn is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Western Governors University and her expected graduation is 2019.

Stephanie Killoy, an RN at the River Valley Clinic. She has worked at SPH for almost 6 years and is pursuing a Master’s degree as a family nurse practitioner from Chamberlain University and her expected graduation is 2019.

Robin Labeots, an RN in the Surgery Center. She has worked at SPH for 21 years. Robin is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Chamberlain College of Nursing and her expected graduation is this year.

Kaylee Lane, a Technician in the Emergency Department. She has worked at SPH for 6 months. Kaylee is pursuing an Associate degree with plans to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Madison College and her expected graduation is this year.

Sarah Lee, a technician in the Emergency Department. She has worked at SPH for 9 months and is pursuing an Associate degree with plans to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Madison College. Her expected graduation is 2019.

Ashley Lemmer, an RN in the Surgery Center. She has worked at SPH for almost 2 years and is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her expected graduation is 2020.

Chelsey Pulvermacher, an LPN at the River Valley Clinic. She has worked at SPH for over 2 years. Chelsey is pursuing an Associate degree in Nursing from Southwest Technical College and her expected graduation is 2020.

Allison Simon, an RN in Acute Care. She has worked at SPH for almost 3 years. Allison is pursuing a Master’s of Science degree in nursing from Edgewood College and her expected graduation is 2020.

Melodie Sliter, an RN in the Surgery Department. She has worked at SPH for 26 years. Mel is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Chamberlain College of Nursing and her expected graduation is 2020.

A special award, The Pines Assisted Living Scholarship, was presented to Anna Banker who, along with the other recipients, is choosing a career in a rural healthcare setting.  

“The Pines Assisted Living facility in Prairie du Sac sponsors the scholarship,” Wuerger said. “The facility provides exceptional care and living options to seniors and their families. Like SPH, they are a very loyal and committed partner in this community, and they’re pleased to know that Anna is choosing to continue her career in a rural healthcare setting.”

Anna is a Triage nurse in the River Valley Clinic. She has worked at SPH for more than a year and a half. She is pursuing a Master’s degree as a family nurse practitioner from Purdue University and expects to graduate in 2019.

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