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Foundation awards $35K in scholarships to staff members

Sauk Prairie Healthcare Foundation awards $35K in scholarships to staff members

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:

Named (donor-supported) Scholarships:

  • Carmen Zirbel - Jane & Stephen Manke Nursing Scholarship
    Clinical Informatics Specialist in Information Services/EHR Operations
  • Jordan Cockroft - Marilyn Sprecher Nursing Scholarship
    CNA in Surgery Center
  • Melodie Sliter - The Pines Assisted Living Nursing Scholarship
    RN in Surgery Center
  • Hannah Eberle - James & Delores Staff Memorial Nursing Scholarship
    Nursing Assistant in Surgery Center
  • Payton Liegel - Jan Breunig APNP Memorial Nursing Scholarship
    RN in Emergency/Urgent Care


  • Erika Andrews - RN in Acute Care
  • Paige Ederer - RN in Emergency/Urgent Care
  • Julie Gorman - Director of Emergency/Urgent Care
  • KaLee Henderson - ED Tech in Emergency
  • Kaylee Lane - RN in Emergency
  • Sarah Lee - RN in Acute Care
  • Chelsey Pulvermacher - RN at River Valley Clinic
  • Kristen Quayle - Director of Surgical Services
  • Emeline Rudarmel - CNA in Acute Care
  • Lisa Clark - Circulating Nurse in Surgery/OR
  • Diana Cupp - Lead Medical Coding Specialist in Coding
  • Maria Dominguez - Housekeeper in Environmental Services
  • Hannah Johnson - Physical Therapist in Rehab
  • Andrew Klunick - ED Technician in Emergency
  • Amanda Krey - Physical Therapist in Rehab
  • She has worked at SPH for almost 6 years.
  • Melissa Krugman - Application Specialist in Information Services
  • Victor Lewis - Victor is a Radiological Technologist in Medical Imaging
  • Shannon Miles - Respiratory Therapist in Respiratory Therapy
  • Stephanie Nachreiner - RN in Wound Care Center
  • Robert Patten - Registered Respiratory Therapist in Respiratory Care
  • Tell Pickarts - Radiological Technologist in Medical Imaging
  • Sara Schellie - Application Specialist in Information Services
  • Katie Sutcliffe - Patient Services Representative in Emergency Registration