Pullman Regional Hospital Staff Receive Education Scholarships

Aug 4, 2016

Six Pullman Regional Hospital employees have earned Pullman Regional Hospital Foundation Staff Education scholarships for the 2016 scholarship program.

Each scholarship provides $2,500 to employees seeking to improve their skills and advance their education and healthcare career to benefit the patients of Pullman Regional Hospital. The scholarship is available to any employee who has been employed for at least one year and works a minimum of twenty hours a week. Awarded funds may be used for tuition, books and school expenses.

The Pullman Regional Hospital Foundation Board Governance Committee reviews and awards scholarships twice a year. Applicants are eligible to receive a scholarship once a year.

Awardee Melissa Francik, a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, is working to earn national certification as a health and wellness coach. “Coaching training would better equip me to support my patients in discovering their own intrinsic motivation to make behavior change,” wrote Melissa in her application. She applied scholarship funds towards attending the Wellcoaches Core Coach Training & Certification Program.

As a Health Unit Coordinator and CNA in the Emergency Department, Kanika Haley, will be advancing her education with the help of scholarship funds through an Associate in Nursing degree from Walla Walla Community College.

Obtaining a Masters of Nursing Science in Leadership Management is Joan Hendrickson’s life-long goal. A 15-year hospital employee, Joan is the Assistant Director of the Medical/Surgical and Intensive Care Units. Her scholarship award will help pay for tuition and books. “The motivation to go back to school is fueled by my desire to continue to serve my team, my hospital and our community in excellence,” she shared in her application.

Garrett Quarve, Director of Nutrition Services, used his scholarship towards tuition expenses to obtain a degree in Business Management. He shared in his application that his professional career goals “are to be an exemplary Food Service Director in the field of healthcare, and to use my education and experience to set an excellent example.”

Amber Roberts has worked at Pullman Regional Hospital for more than 18 years. As the Hospital Staff Education Coordinator and Healthstream Administrator, Amber is committed to learning and innovation. In her application, she shared that a Master of Sciences in Education will help her help others reach success. “When you are able to teach someone and guide people in their learning, you are affecting their practice for life.” Her scholarship award will be used towards tuition.

Over the past five years, Ian Wallace has served the Palouse and beyond through his role as a Genetic Counselor. Ian seeks to broaden his role through Gonzaga’s MBA in Healthcare Management program. “I hope to one day be able to contribute more to our mission, not just at the level of patient care, but also in guiding decisions to continue our hospital's success and further our growing tradition of being a great place to work and receive care.” Ian’s scholarship award will be applied towards tuition, books, and travel.

Applications for the Spring 2017 Staff Education scholarships will be available through Pullman Regional Hospital Foundation in September of 2016.

In addition to the Staff Education Scholarship, the Foundation also administers scholarship awards for hospital nursing staff seeking a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing and the Bill Gaskins Pharmacy Scholarship program. The Pullman Regional Hospital Foundation has administered $24,000 for 2016 scholarship programs.


Contact: Alison Weigley, Assistant Director of Development, External Relations and Marketing
Pullman Regional Hospital Foundation

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