AHACareerCenter.org Announces 2012 NHCN Scholarship Winners

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Elisabeth Easley of Arizona, Sheila Hamill of Wisconsin and Delraya Anstine of Idaho were each awarded $1,000 scholarships to help advance their careers in health care.

“Every year, I am consistently amazed by the applications we receive for this scholarship,” said Amy Goble, Vice President of AHACareerCenter.org.

AHACareerCenter.org, the American Hospital Association’s online site matching health care employers with the highest qualified candidates, announced the winners of its 2012 National Healthcare Career Network(NHCN) Scholarships. Elisabeth Easley of Arizona, Sheila Hamill of Wisconsin and Delraya Anstine of Idaho were each awarded a $1000 scholarship to help advance their careers in health care.

The NHCN Scholarships recognize health care students and professionals for being life-long learners, mentors and volunteers engaged in professional societies, community organizations and networking groups as they advance in their careers.

“Every year, I am consistently amazed by the applications we receive for this scholarship,” said Amy Goble, Vice President of AHACareerCenter.org. “This year’s winners are no exception. All three winners exhibit a commitment to health care that rises above and beyond the norm, positioning them well as future leaders in the field.”

Studying speech pathology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ms. Hamill is also a member of the Midwest Leadership Program, an organization that promotes leadership through service and educational growth. Additionally, she is pursuing a degree in Spanish in preparation for an increasingly multilingual society. Ms. Hamill believes that as the community grows more diverse, it is imperative that health care professionals are willing and able to interact with their patients regardless of background. She plans to use the funds granted by this scholarship to help move forward into a graduate program for speech pathology.

“I see a definite need in society for a very genuine, loving and caring health care professional; the people you’re dealing with are already having a hard time,” said Ms. Hamill. “They need a professional who can engage them with a positive attitude. I entered the health care field to help provide that sort of personality to patients.”

Ms. Easley, studying dentistry at the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health, believes very strongly in the importance of community involvement for health care professionals. In support of this belief, she participates in a number of programs aimed at community health care and awareness, including Give Kids a Smile, a program that provides nearly $300,000 of free dental work and education to children in local schools. She plans to graduate with a dual degree, featuring a DMD (Doctor of Dentistry) and MPH (Masters in Public Health), to greater serve her community in any way possible.

“This degree is allowing me to explore the world beyond private practice dentistry. With today’s economy, community clinic dentistry is something one cannot afford to be ignorant of,” said Ms. Easley. “This scholarship will help fund my pursuit of my degree, which I will complete in the summer of 2012.”

Ms. Anstine, studying nursing at Lewis & Clark State College in Idaho, believes very strongly in the importance of good nurse/patient interaction. With a heavy focus on oncology, her interactions with cancer patients have led her to believe that sharing a positive connection with a patient has a clear and beneficial effect on that patient’s quality of care. Additionally, Ms. Anstine has published a book detailing her experiences in nursing and the ways in which they have defined her as a health care professional.

This year’s scholarships were made possible through the generous contributions of AHACareerCenter.org Premier clients, a group comprised of the nation’s top hospitals and health care systems, whose leaders enthusiastically support health care education including Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (CA), Children’s Medical Center of Dallas (TX), Florida Hospital (FL), Froedtert Health (WI), Health First (FL), Kettering Health Network (OH), Lakeland Regional Medical Center (FL), Lexington Health Care (IL), Mary Washington Healthcare (VA), Memorial Health System (IL), New York-Presbyterian (NY), NYU Langone Medical Center (NY), Scripps Health (CA), St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (TN), Stanford Hospitals & Clinics (CA) along with the American Hospital Association, National Healthcare Career Network and AHACareerCenter.org.

For more information on the National Healthcare Career Network Scholarship Program, please visit http://www.ahacareercenter.org.

About the AHA
The American Hospital Association is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals committed to the health improvement of their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which includes nearly 5,000 hospitals and health care systems, networks, and other providers of care, and 42,000 individuals. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. For more information, visit http://www.aha.org.

About the National Healthcare Career Network
Recognizing that critical staffing issues threaten hospitals’ performance and quality of care, the AHA co-founded the National Healthcare Career Network (NHCN). By aligning more than 200 trade associations and professional societies on a common platform, NHCN provides health care organizations with access to a high quality talent pool of more than 2 million members, as well as vast data sources and HR-related tools housed in the affiliate associations. For more information, visit http://www.NHCNNetwork.org

About AHACareerCenter.org
As part of the NHCN initiative, AHA Solutions manages AHACareerCenter.org, the lead online site matching health care employers with the highest qualified candidates. For more information, visit http://www.ahacareercenter.org.

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