Every year, the Foundation provides scholarships for employee nurses who are pursuing additional education. This year, the program was expanded to award scholarships to non-nursing professionals. The Foundation presented a total of $35,000 to team members at a virtual ceremony held Thursday, August 13.
The nursing scholarships began several years ago when 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.
Last year, a new category of scholarships for non-nurses was created. For 2021, the Foundation is providing $25,000 for nursing and $10,000 for non-nursing scholarships.
According to Todd Wuerger, Foundation Executive Director, “Sauk Prairie Healthcare Foundation Scholarships are possible only because of our generous donors. That includes our providers and employees, our board members, local businesses and many of our patients and their families.”
This year’s award recipients are: