WRHS Foundation Awards Scholarships

Batesville, Ark.— When asked what nursing means to them, students applying for the White River Health System (WRHS) Foundation scholarship all shared the same belief: nursing is about making a difference by applying learned skills and showing compassion to patients. This quest to provide quality, compassionate care is the mission of WRHS, and helping nurses with this same mission to advance their education is important.

Angela Chapman, Tanya Yeager, Sherri Patterson, Jennifer Black, Kelly Cannon, Peggy Phillips, and Christy Thielman are the 2012 recipients of White River Health System (WRHS) Foundation Scholarships.

The goal of the Foundation's Scholarship Program is to help relieve the financial burden on employees seeking career development and encourage educational advancement to those dedicated to improving the patient experience by providing quality care. All scholarships support nurses advancing their credentials from Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) to Registered Nurses (RN). The program also supports the efforts of the organization to achieve Magnet designation from the American Nurse Credentialing Center. Scholarship recipients are chosen by a committee of nurse leaders who focus on WRHS behavioral standards: attitude, courtesy, prompt response, commitment to co-workers, communication, appearance, leadership, and honesty, as well as educational preparation. Since its inception in 1996, the program has awarded nearly $122,000 in scholarships.

A total of seven scholarships were awarded for 2012, including three scholarships in memory of WRHS Board of Directors members who passed away in 2011: Noel "Curley" Sims, Charles Osborne, Sr., and Betty Massey. These three individuals dedicated a combined 80 years of service to the White River Health System Board of Directors.

Angela Chapman is the recipient of the Bonnie J. Bernard Scholarship, established by Dick and the late Bonnie Bernard in 1996. Mrs. Bernard worked as an RN at White River Medical Center (WRMC) from 1986 until her death in 2004. The Bernards established the scholarship because, as a nurse, Bonnie worked with many qualified and motivated nurses who were unable to advance their career due to financial issues and family commitments.

Chapman joined the staff at WRMC in March of 2010. She is currently enrolled in the RN program at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville (UACCB). After completing the RN program, Angela plans to attend UAMS in Little Rock to obtain a Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN), and ultimately earn a Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN). She plans to become certified as a Critical Care Registered Nurse and gain an accreditation in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS).

The recipients of the Board of Directors Memorial Scholarships are Kelly Cannon, Peggy Phillips, and Christy Thielman. Each recipient is currently, employed at WRMC and enrolled in the Arkansas Rural Nursing Education Consortium LPN/LVN to RN transition program at Ozarka College where they are working toward becoming Registered Nurses.

Kelly Cannon became an employee of WRMC in December 2007. After obtaining his RN licensure, Cannon plans on working toward a BSN, then an MSN.

Peggy Phillips has been an employee at WRMC since September 2008. Her goal is to become an RN and then continue her education to remain current and knowledgeable in her nursing career.

Christy Thielman has been an employee at WRMC since August 2011. After obtaining her RN licensure, she plans to pursue a BSN while focusing on emergency medicine at WRMC.

Tanya Yeager, Sherri Patterson, and Jennifer Black were recipients of WRHS Foundation Scholarships.

Yeager and Patterson are both employed at WRMC and are currently enrolled in the RN program at UACCB. Black is employed at Stone County Medical Center (SCMC) in Mountain View and is also enrolled in the RN program at UACCB.

A WRMC employee since August of 2009, Yeager's goal for the future is to continue her education to strive for excellence in nursing.

Patterson, a WRMC employee since August of 2008, plans to obtain her RN and then further pursue her BSN.

Black has been employed at SCMC since June of 2011. After becoming an RN, she plans to obtain her Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA) license.

WRHS is a not-for-profit healthcare system serving residents throughout North Central Arkansas. The system includes hospitals, outpatient facilities, rural health clinics, primary care and specialty physician offices, and long-term care facilities. White River Health System is a member of the Premier Alliance, the American Hospital Association, and the Arkansas Hospital Association and is licensed by

the Arkansas Department of Health.

The White River Health System Foundation was established in 1992 to provide a means for charitable giving to support the present and future needs of White River Health System. WRHS Foundation is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors dedicated to its mission.

Every gift to the WRHS Foundation helps White River Health System achieve its mission of providing outstanding healthcare services and programs to the citizens of North Central Arkansas. For more information about the WRHS Foundation and how your gifts can make a difference, call 870-262-1225.