Four scholarships representing memorial nursing scholarship funds were recently awarded to members of the Holzer nursing staff to assist them in advancing their education.

Julie Greenlee, LPN, Holzer – Jackson Family Practice, and Breanna Hall, LPN, Holzer – Jackson Urgent Care, were the recipients of the Mary Scully Thomas, RN, and Homer B. Thomas, MD, Memorial Nursing Scholarships.

Greenlee joined Holzer in 1998 as an employee at Holzer Senior Care Center. In addition, she has been an employee at Holzer Medical Center – Jackson in the family practice office and cardiology office. In 2009, she began working at the Jackson location on Pattonsville Road in Family Practice. Currently she is enrolled in Excelsior College out of Albany, New York, in the RN program. She and her husband, Larry, and their dogs, Sassy and Beau, live in Jackson.

Hall joined Holzer in May 2013 and is currently in the RN program through Ohio University – Chillicothe campus. She plans to continue on to complete her BSN degree following graduation in August 2014. Hall and her fiancée, Jesse Morgan, live in Wellston, Ohio.

The Thomas Scholarship was established in 1974 in memory of Mary Scully Thomas, RN, by her husband, Homer B. Thomas, MD. At the time of his death in 1988, Dr. Thomas’ name was added. Their sons, Dr. James Thomas of Oxford, Ohio, and Dr. John Thomas of Ft. Wayne, Indiana, continue to support this important scholarship fund.

Tammy Harrison, LPN, was awarded the Karen Hudson Memorial Nursing Scholarship. Harrison began her career at Holzer in June 2012 at Holzer Senior Care Center. She is advancing her education with the University of Rio Grande in the RN program.
Harrison is a native of Gallia County. She and her husband, Christopher, have two children, CJ and Kayla, and one grandson, Bentley.

The Karen Hudson Memorial Scholarship was established in June 2008 in memory of Karen Hudson, RN, by the staff of Holzer Senior Care and Karen’s husband, Les. Hudson was a long-term employee of Holzer Senior Care Center as the Quality Assurance Nurse. Holzer Health Systems staff, the Hudson family, and former Holzer School of Nursing classmates of Hudson’s continue to support this fund.

The Wilma Evans Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Tina Perkins, RN, BSN, Holzer Medical Center – Jackson 2 North Inpatient Unit staff.

Perkins joined Holzer in 2007 in her current position. She is advancing her education by pursuing a Nurse Practitioner license through Ohio University. She and her husband, Eric, and their children, Lauryn and Abigail, reside in Bidwell, Ohio.

The Wilma Evans Memorial Scholarship was established by her daughter, Karen Douglass. In 1947, Mrs. Evans graduated from the Holzer School of Nursing. Her daughter, Douglass, established the scholarship to create a memorial to her mother, striving to establish a memorial in a place that touched her Mother’s life. The scholarship was limited to those who work at Holzer Medical Center – Jackson to assist nursing students.

Interest from the corpus of these three funds makes each scholarship possible. The Thomas Scholarship Fund is handled by Holzer Hospital Foundation, while the Evans and Hudson scholarships are managed by the Holzer Heritage Foundation. Traditionally, awards from each memorial scholarship fund are made annually to nurses who are furthering their education with exception to the Hudson Scholarship, which will award to any healthcare worker pursing a degree in nursing.

Members of Holzer Financial Assistance Committee are Michelle Theiss, RN, BSN, Manager of the Education Department for Holzer Health System; Lisa Halley, Vice President of Human Resources for Holzer Health System; Glenda Skinner, MS, RN, Vice President of Nursing, Holzer – Gallipolis; Bill Pfeifer, RN, Manager of Clinical Support Services, Holzer Medical Center – Jackson; Rhonda Dailey, BSN, RN, Vice President of Patient Care Services, Holzer Medical Center – Jackson; Teresa Remy-Detty, MHA, LNHA, BSN, RN, Vice President of Holzer Post-Acute Care Services; Debbie Caldwell, Controller, Holzer Health System; Robin Pasquale, RN, BSHA, 4West Manager, Holzer – Gallipolis; and Linda Jeffers-Lester, Holzer Heritage Foundation Manager.

Scholarships can be set up by an individual, family, or civic group. For more information, call (740) 446-5217 or e-mail llester@holzer.org.