Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Two PHH employees receive scholarships

Posted: Friday, February 24, 2017

Two Parkview Huntington Hospital employees who are nursing students have been awarded Jill Dreyer scholarships for the spring 2017 semester.

Olivia Eckert, of Huntington, and Edna Salazar, RN, of Fort Wayne, will each receive $750 toward their educational costs.

Eckert, a patient care technician, works in the hospital’s Medical/Surgical Unit. Also a recipient of a Jill Dreyer Scholarship in 2016, she is pursuing an Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) at Ivy Tech Community College, Fort Wayne.

Salazar is a registered nurse in the hospital’s Emergency Department. She is working toward a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

The awards were announced by Mike Perkins, director of Parkview Huntington Foundation, which administers the Jill Dreyer Scholarship program.

“This scholarship is funded by contributions from Parkview Huntington Hospital team members during the foundation’s annual Employee Generosity Campaign, along with proceeds from the 2016 Parkview Huntington Community Gala,” Perkins said. “It is a great example of how giving amplifies the expertise of the people who provide care at this hospital.”

The scholarship was established in 2004 in memory of the late Jill Dreyer by individuals who had worked with her while she was a registered nurse at Parkview Huntington Hospital. The program provides four $750 scholarships each year to full and part-time Parkview Huntington Hospital employees pursuing a nursing education. It can also be used to reimburse qualified candidates for fees incurred taking their final examination for various nursing certifications. Since its inception, the Jill Dreyer Scholarship program has provided $24,250 in assistance to 26 hospital employees. Scholarship applications were reviewed, and recipients were selected, by a committee of Parkview Huntington Hospital nurses chaired by Doug Selig, vice president of Patient Care Services.

The Jill Dreyer Scholarship program reflects Parkview’s commitment to encouraging aspiring nurses and experienced nurses furthering their career studies to aim high. In a continuously changing healthcare environment, nurses who advance their knowledge and skills on an ongoing basis are able to provide better patient-centered care and innovative clinical leadership. Parkview Huntington Hospital and the Parkview Huntington Foundation are dedicated to improving the health of community residents and to inspiring greater well-being, for patients and caregivers alike.

Celebrating at the presentation of the Jill Dreyer scholarships for spring 2017 are Parkview Huntington Hospital team members from left to right, Doug Selig, vice president, Patient Care Services; Katie Mitchell, manager, Emergency Department; Edna Salazar, ED nurse and scholarship winner; Olivia Eckert, Medical/Surgical patient care technician and scholarship winner; Jenny Dohrman, manager, Inpatient Services and Mike Perkins, director, Parkview Huntington Foundation.