3 Long-Term Caregivers Awarded B.J. Treglown Scholarships

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Three long-term nursing home caregivers were named as recipients of the first B.J. Treglown Scholarship for Registered Nursing Education. The annual statewide scholarship program recognizes caregivers who have overcome adversity while seeking professional development through education.The grants from the Oregon Health Care Foundation offer up to $15,000 each in tuition assistance. The scholarship is open to all qualified candidates.

“Receiving this scholarship gives me an excellent opportunity to finish what I started,” said Brandy Wallace, a licensed practical nurse who has worked in long-term nursing home care for 11 years.

Three long-term caregivers were named as recipients of the first B.J. Treglown Scholarship for Registered Nursing Education. The annual statewide scholarship program recognizes caregivers who have overcome adversity while seeking professional development through education.

The grants from the Oregon Health Care Foundation offer up to $15,000 each in tuition assistance. The scholarship is open to all qualified candidates.

Recipients for 2010 are Raschelle Frazier, a nurse at Marquis Care in Forest Grove; Kimberly Gomez, a nurse assistant at Cascade View Nursing Care Center in Bend; and Brandy Wallace, a nurse at The Dalles Health and Rehabilitation Center.

“Receiving this scholarship gives me an excellent opportunity to finish what I started,” said Wallace, a licensed practical nurse who has worked in long-term care for 11 years. “Even though it’s years later, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I’m very thankful and very fortunate.”

The scholarship was named for long-term care nurse B.J. Treglown, who embodied compassion and fortitude during her 2-year struggle with terminal cancer. Treglown died in October 2009. She worked as a regional nurse consultant for EHC Management, L.L.C., which manages The Dalles Health & Rehabilitation Center facility.

“B.J. wanted her patients to be cared for with every ounce of dedication, especially at this time of so much uncertainty surrounding our health-care system," Anne Nipp, CEO of EHC Management, said. Nipp worked with the Oregon Health Care Foundation to help expand educational opportunities for long-term caregivers. The resulting scholarship was established in honor of Treglown's legacy of compassion and caring.

“B.J. was a mentor on how to live life to its fullest: to have commitment, skill and sincerity in all you do; expect and encourage the same in others; share yourself and your laughter; and seek to be exceptional in every moment of your life. Raise yourself up and in the process bring others with you,” Nipp said. “She made an indelible imprint on our lives; on our facilities’ staff; residents and communities’ spirit; on our company’s accomplishments; the greater community; and our profession.”

The scholarship also supports the goal of the Oregon Health Care Foundation to ensure that an educated workforce remains accessible to long-term care.

“Together with EHC Management, our ability to make a positive impact within the long-term care profession can help to improve the nursing shortage in Oregon,” said Janel McKenna, executive director of the Oregon Health Care Foundation.

About The Oregon Health Care Foundation
The Oregon Health Care Foundation (OHCF) is the nonprofit, charitable organization dedicated to supporting Oregon's long-term health-care profession. OHCF was established in 2000 to provide educational opportunities for current and future employees at long-term care facilities in Oregon; programs that enrich the lives of Oregon Seniors; and outreach to enhance the public understanding and appreciation of the long-term care profession. Each year OHCF awards more than 50 general studies scholarships to long-term care professionals for continuing education as well as scholarships for specialized study. http://www.ohcfonline.org

About EHC Management, L.L.C.
EHC Management, L.L.C., provides management and consulting services to 51 skilled and assisted living communities in six western states, including 10 communities in Oregon. EHC-run communities are committed to providing outstanding, resident-centered health care and to treating each individual with dignity and respect. EHC Management is a 100 percent employee-owned company based in Vancouver, Wa. Visit Evergreen Healthcare for more information and to take virtual tours of their nursing home, assisted living and post-acute care facilities.

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