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July 15, 2014

St. Elizabeth Hospital Awards Scholarships

St. Elizabeth Hospital Awards Scholarships

Enumclaw - St. Elizabeth Hospital has awarded college scholarships to area students since 1997. These year scholarships were given five deserving students at Enumclaw High School and White River High School who are pursuing careers in the medical field this fall. Five $1,000 and two $500 scholarships were given.

This year’s recipients include:

  • Madison Budinich, White River H.S. - $1,000 St. Elizabeth scholarship to attend the University of Washington to pursue a career in medicine.
  • Matthew Flintoff, Enumclaw H.S. - $1,000 St. Elizabeth scholarship to attend Gonzaga University to become an anesthesiologist.
  • Brianne Harder, Enumclaw H.S. - $1,000 St. Elizabeth scholarship to attend Washington State University to become a nurse.
  • Sean Hayes, White River H.S. - $1,000 St. Elizabeth scholarship and $500 Louis Gage Memorial scholarship to attend Macalester College and pursue a career in medicine
  • Bailee Smith, Enumclaw H.S. - $1,000 Jean Gillespie Nursing scholarship and $500 Louis Gage Memorial scholarship to attend Arizona State University to become a nurse.

Jean Gillespie is a former patient at Enumclaw Regional Hospital and was so appreciative of the care she received she founded a scholarship to help local students. Louis Gage is a former hospital board member and a scholarship was established in his honor.

“We are delighted to be able to support the educational pursuits of our local students,” said Donna Russell-Cook, president of St. Elizabeth Hospital. “We had an outstanding group of students to choose from this year and I know all of our honorees will do great things in their college careers.”

Franciscan Health System includes St. Joseph Medical Center, Tacoma; St. Francis Hospital, Federal Way; St. Clare Hospital, Lakewood; St. Elizabeth Hospital, Enumclaw; St. Anthony Hospital, Gig Harbor; Highline Medical Center, Burien; Harrison Medical Center and Harrison HealthPartners, Kitsap and Olympic peninsulas; Regional Hospital, Tukwila; Franciscan Hospice House, University Place; Franciscan Medical Group clinics and providers, Pierce, King and Kitsap counties; and the Franciscan Foundation. Franciscan is part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), a nonprofit, faith-based health system formed in 1996 through the consolidation of four Catholic health systems. One of the nation’s largest health systems, Englewood, Colo. –based CHI operates in 18 states and comprises 87 hospitals; 24 critical access facilities and other facilities that span the inpatient and outpatient continuum of care. In fiscal year 2013, CHI provided more than $762 million in charity care and community benefit, including services for the poor, free clinics, education and research.

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