Nursing scholarships awarded during National Nurses Week | Announcements

MATTOON — Scholarships were awarded during National Nurses Week through the Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Foundation to several SBL nurses who are continuing their educations.

The scholarships are funded through endowments and were established by donors for the sole purpose of continuing education for Sarah Bush Lincoln nursing staff.

The following scholarships were awarded:

Li-Shiang Chang Award — This award was established by his grandchildren due to the wonderful care he received in the Critical Care Unit, and is awarded annually to a CCU nurse. The recipient is: Toni Lampe, RN – Critical Care Unit.

Mildred Seidel Perry Award — This award was established by her son Keith Perry to honor his mother’s nursing career, which spanned six decades. This year, two recipients were selected: Denise Foley, RN – 4 West, and Michelle Buenker, RN – Information Systems.

Dr. John Jemsek Award — This award was established by fellow physicians honoring the career of Dr. Jemsek. This year’s winner is Kaitlin Denson, RN – 4 East.

Junie Longcor Award — This award was created by Junie’s family, Gary and Deb Longcor, in honor of the care she received in the Regional Cancer Center during her battle. It is awarded annually to a Cancer Center staff member. This year the recipient is Rachel Clark, RN – Regional Cancer Center.

Dr. James Van Popering/Gastroenterology Award — This award was created by Dr. Van Popering, formerly a gastroenterologist at SBL, for the purpose of education and/or certification of a gastroenterology nurse. This is the first year the award has been presented. Winners were: Kayla Ogle, RN – Special Procedures and Courtney Croy, RN – Special Procedures.

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