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July 26, 2011

Franciscan Foundation Awards $64,400 In Scholarships To Franciscan Staff

The Franciscan Foundation recently awarded scholarships to 33 Franciscan Health System employees who are pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees or certificates in health care and other career-related subjects.

The scholarships totaled $64,400.

"The Franciscan organization works hard to be the best at what we do," said Jon Flora, president of the Franciscan Foundation. "We achieve this, first and foremost, by hiring outstanding people with a commitment to serving our faith-based mission. After that, the Foundation's growing scholarship program enables us to help our employees continually improve their professional skills so that our patients receive the best possible care".

"We're grateful to our thoughtful donors whose generous gifts make these educational awards possible," he added.

Since 1996, the Foundation has approved 314 scholarships totaling $497,300 to Franciscan employees. All scholarships are funded through charitable gifts to the Foundation from Franciscan employees, grateful Franciscan patients and their families, and other friends of the not-for-profit Franciscan organization.

Scholarships are awarded to employees who meet specific criteria and are pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees, primarily in nursing and other health care-related professions. Providing educational assistance is one of many ways that the Franciscan organization recruits and retains staff.

The Franciscan Foundation is the charitable giving arm of the Franciscan Health System, which includes St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma, St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way, St. Clare Hospital in Lakewood, St. Elizabeth Hospital in Enumclaw, St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor, Franciscan Hospice and Palliative Care in University Place, and Franciscan Medial Group.

To learn how you can support the Franciscan Foundation Scholarship Program, call 253-428-8411 or e-mail

Franciscan Health System has more than 8,200 employees in Pierce, King and Kitsap counties, making it one of the largest private employers in the South Puget Sound region. Franciscan is also affiliated with the ministry of Catholic Health Initiatives.

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