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Published on July 10, 2013

Saint Mary’s Hospital Foundation Awards Nine Nursing Scholarships

WATERBURY, Conn. (July 10, 2013) – The Saint Mary’s Hospital Foundation recently awarded scholarships to nine nurses and nursing students who are enrolled in degree programs.

Chad Wable, President and Chief Executive Officer, Saint Mary’s Health System, welcomed the honorees and their family members and noted the importance of healthcare education in light of the dramatic changes taking place within the healthcare industry. 2013 Nursing Scholarship

Peggy Lawlor, President of the Saint Mary’s Hospital Foundation, agreed. “This is one of the nicest events that the hospital and the Foundation have and that is to recognize and award scholarship to people interested in the healthcare industry,” she said.

Heather Campochiaro, RN, of Wolcott, Medical-Surgical Clinical Educator and Stroke Coordinator at Saint Mary’s Hospital, was awarded the 2013 Charlotte H. Desmarais Graduate Nursing Scholarship. This scholarship was established by the family and friends of Charlotte Hamilton Desmarais of Middlebury to honor her lifelong commitment to nursing at Saint Mary’s.

The award is presented annually to a Saint Mary’s Hospital nurse who is pursuing a graduate-level nursing degree. Campochiaro is currently pursuing her Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of Phoenix.

The foundation presented the Mimi Rowe Scholarship to Danielle Brochu of Torrington, who is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in nursing at the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford.
Nursing scholarships were presented to four Saint Mary’s Hospital staff members who are pursuing bachelor’s degrees in nursing. The recipients are:

Jo-Ellen Dzamko, RN, of Roxbury, a nurse on the Sacred Heart 5 inpatient unit at Saint Mary’s;

Cherie Maheu, RN, of Southington, a Medical Assistant at the Saint Mary’s Hospital Urgent Care Centers in Wolcott and Naugatuck; Cheryl Nardella, RN, of Watertown, a nurse in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit at Naugatuck Valley Surgical Center in Waterbury, and Chelsey Ann Pierce of Thomaston, a Patient Observer in the Emergency Department at Saint Mary’s Hospital.

Scholarships were once again presented to three local students who are pursuing associate or bachelor’s degrees in nursing. Each year, the Foundation awards scholarships to students from the Greater Waterbury area who have been accepted into a two-year or four-year nursing program. Qualifying applicants must maintain at least a B average in high school and are required to submit an essay as to why they have chose nursing as a career. The recipients of this year’s student nurse scholarship awards are:

Baylie Spillane of Watertown. A 2013 graduate of Watertown High School, Spillane plans to pursue a nursing degree at Southern Connecticut State University.

Shannon Sullivan of Waterbury. A graduate of Holy Cross High School, Sullivan is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing at Salve Regina University.

Gina Vierra of Wolcott. A sophomore at Naugatuck Valley Community College, Vierra is pursuing an Associates Degree in nursing.

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