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Hospital announces scholarship winners

Gretchen Braun, RN, FBBC

Uniontown Hospital is proud to announce that four hospital employees are receiving a newly created hospital scholarship to help them further their nursing careers.

Gretchen Braun, RN, Family Beginnings Birthing Center (and pictured at left); Bobbi Jordon, phlebotomist, hospital laboratory; Coalina Kalivoda, surgical technician, Family Beginnings Birthing Center; and Caitlyn Steyer, NCA, 3 West, each received the Uniontown Hospital Employee Learning Program (UHELP) Scholarship during a ceremonial luncheon held at the hospital last week.

UHELP has been developed to provide scholarship opportunities to hospital employees that might need assistance with their educational expenses.

Braun will use the scholarship to pursue her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing while Jordon, Kalivoda and Steyer will each be pursing associates degrees in Registered Nursing.

“We are excited to have this opportunity to help our staff continue toward their career goals and to help offset the costs of working to learn more in their chosen fields,” CEO Steve Handy said. “We are hopeful that each of these recipients will achieve success in their academic endeavors and bring their enhanced knowledge to our patients and our hospital team.” 

The scholarship program is funded by the hospital and through contributions from the hospital’s Volunteer Fundraising Committee, and is specifically designed to help support employees advancing their career or studies in the nursing field.

Eligibility requirements include employment with the hospital or its parent corporation, Fayette Regional Health System, be enrolled in an accredited Registered Nursing educational program and residing in the Fayette County region of the state (Fayette, Greene, Washington or Westmoreland counties.)

A scholarship Review Team assessed and approved candidates based on their review of blind applications and essays submitted by hospital employees.

The first round of scholarships was awarded for Fall 2015 enrollments. Applications were accepted through the end of July. UHELP scholarships will be awarded to another round of recipients in the spring.

Oversight for the scholarship program is being provided by the Community Foundation of Fayette County. 

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