Date: 8/7/2012

Auxiliary awards $46,500 in Scholarships to Area Students

Community Hospital Auxiliary has awarded 31 scholarships, in the amount of $1,500 each, to eligible children of hospital employees studying for careers in the healthcare field. The awards were presented to the students by the Community Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship committee on June 12.

Money for the scholarship fund is generated annually through hospital fund raisers, Red Garter Gift Shoppe sales and proceeds from the Red Garter gift cart. This year there also were a number of generous individual contributions as well as a gift in memory of auxiliary member Roen Speroff by the Boris Speroff family.

“Scholarship gifts are an investment in our community — an investment in a healthier future,” said Community Hospital CEO Don Fesko. “Through the auxiliary’s scholarship program, these students will someday be able to help us further impact the health and well-being of the residents of our region.”

Since 1992, Community Hospital Auxiliary has provided nearly $1 million in scholarship funding to students, according to Marilyn Brandt, chairman of the scholarship committee.

“The auxiliary has been awarding scholarships for more than 20 years,” said Brandt, “We’re extremely proud that through various fund raising efforts, we expect to be able to sustain the program for years to come,” she said.

This year’s recipients include:

Ian Bartlett of Crown Point, Indiana University, son of Gwen Bartlett, Surgery; Lauren Bowker of Mokena, Ill., University of Iowa, daughter of Ann Marie Bowker, Post-Anesthesia Care Unit; Hannah Colias of Munster, Indiana University, daughter of Sarah Colias, Cardiac Rehabilitation; Devon Curtis of Hobart, Indiana University Northwest, daughter of April Trinosky Curtis, Emergency Department; Ashley Doreski of Schererville, IUPUI, daughter of Diane Doreski, Post Partum Care; Emily Eaton of Dyer, Indiana University Northwest, daughter of Larry Schmidt, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory; Stephanie Elkins of Portage, Purdue University, daughter of Mary Morenz-Elkins, Laboratory; Alyssa Grkinich of Crown Point, Ball State University, daughter of Sherry Grkinich, Laboratory; Chelsea Groff of Crown Point, Indiana University, daughter of Jerome Groff, Laboratory; Lauren Hagy of Orland Park, Ill., University of St. Francis, daughter of Robert Hagy, Materials Management; Matthew Hill of Portage, Indiana University, son of Darla Hill, Nursery; Jillian Homans of Munster, University of Toledo, daughter of Diane Homans, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; Alyssa Ippolito of St. John, University of Southern Indiana, daughter of Lisa Ippolito, Outpatient Centre, St. John; Stephanie Jansma of Lansing, Ill., Olivet Nazarene University, daughter of Pamela Jansma, Intermediate Care Unit; Emily Klotz of Lowell, Purdue University Calumet, daughter of Audra Klotz, Intensive Care Unit and Alexander Matushek of Schererville, Purdue University, son of Jannette Matushek, Women’s Diagnostic Center.

Also, Michael Mavity of Munster, Purdue University, son of Linda Mavity, Community Cardiology Center; Kaitlyn Miller of Hobart, Monmouth College, daughter of Mary Miller, Community Cardiology Center; Justin Mulesa of Munster, St. Louis College of Pharmacy, son of Priscilla Mulesa, Physical Therapy; Laura Otte of Highland, Fox College, daughter of Rodney Otte, Social Services; Sarah Otte of Highland, Calvin College, daughter of Rodney Otte, Social Services; Marisa Palacios of Dyer, Purdue University Calumet, daughter of Kelly Palacios, Community Surgery Center; Stephanie Pendley of Crown Point, Ball State University, daughter of Marcia Pendley, Admission/Discharge team; Kristi Roser of Munster, Indiana University, daughter of Cindy White, Labor and Delivery; Katelynn Schurman of Lansing, Ill., Olivet Nazarene University, daughter of Janice Schurman, 4 North; Meaghan Schweitzer of Calumet City, Ill., Bradley University, daughter of Darlene Schweitzer, 2 ED Pavilion; Evan Sylvester of Munster, Purdue University Calumet, son of James Sylvester, Clinical Engineering; Kyle Tomczak of Highland, Indiana University Northwest, son of Christine Tomczak, Laboratory; David Torres of St. John, Loyola University, son of Cathryn Torres, Home Health Services; Courtney Weigland of Bourbonnais, Ill., Northern Illinois University, daughter of Michael Weigland, Nuclear Medicine and Timothy Yee of Munster, University of Michigan Medical School, son of Elizabeth Yee, Clinical Ancillary Services.

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