Heart to Heart Hospice Foundation Endows Nursing Scholarship at University of Saint Francis

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Partnering with University of Saint Francis, Heart to Heart Hospice Foundation helps impact the future of nursing and community health

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By training compassionate caregivers today, we are creating a brighter tomorrow. We are pleased to be a part of the highly respected nursing program at the University of Saint Francis.

As part of its commitment to educating healthcare professionals and serving communities, the Heart to Heart Hospice Foundation has made a $25,000 endowment to the nursing program at the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

The established “Heart to Heart Hospice Foundation Endowed Nursing Scholarship” will be awarded to University of Saint Francis nursing students based upon character, academic ability, and financial need.

“We are beyond excited about the opportunity to provide this nursing scholarship,” said Lara Beck, Vice President of Operations for Heart to Heart Hospice. “In a year when many things have been cut back or eliminated altogether, it’s an honor to work for a company that still sees education as a top priority and the nursing profession as an extremely important part of the healthcare continuum.”

In acknowledging the endowment, Dr. Wendy Clark, Graduate Nursing Program Director, said that many USF nursing graduates have sought opportunities in hospice and palliative care, finding their vocation in serving some of the community’s most vulnerable.

“By the nature of our culture here at the University of Saint Francis, our graduate nursing students actively listen to their patients and their families, looking for opportunities to treat with a holistic approach,” Dr. Clark said. She pointed to a course in the MSN program focused on older adults and those with chronic conditions in which students learn to deliver high-quality, patient-centered care.

“Our students develop advanced registered nursing practice that addresses the spiritual as well as the physical needs of the patient,” she added.

The Heart to Heart Hospice Foundation endowment is made available through the foundation’s Education and Scholarship program – one of its unique programs designed to reach those in the community by providing greater care, greater education, and a commitment to celebrate life.

“We believe that the greatest impact we have is through the ripple effect of education,” said Kelly Mitchell, CEO and Founder of Heart to Heart Hospice and President of Heart to Heart Hospice Foundation. “By training compassionate caregivers today, we are creating a brighter tomorrow. We are pleased to be a part of the highly respected nursing program at the University of Saint Francis.”

About Heart to Heart Hospice Foundation
Funded primarily through generous donations from families and friends of Heart to Heart Hospice patients, the Heart to Heart Hospice Foundation is a 501(c) (3) non-profit public charity that provides financial support for patients nearing end-of-life, their families, and the greater community through various charitable programs. Each program includes financial support for critical unmet needs, as well as much-needed education for the under-utilized and often misinterpreted field of hospice and palliative care. Learn more about the Heart to Heart Hospice Foundation.

About Heart to Heart Hospice
Heart to Heart Hospice, founded in 2003, is one of the largest private providers of hospice care in the United States. Headquartered in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, Heart to Heart provides a broad range of hospice services to patients with life-limiting illnesses across 43 locations in Texas, Michigan and Indiana. At Heart to Heart, we understand both the physical and emotional challenges for our patients and their loved ones and our care team is committed to providing them with what they need most: comfort, support and dignity. Learn more about Heart to Heart Hospice.

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