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Winchester Hospital nurses benefit from nursing scholarship fund

Posted by Christina Jedra  February 20, 2013 10:00 AM

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Some of the nurses who benefited from the Phyllis Alves Powers Scholarship Fund.

The following was submitted by Winchester Hospital: 

Twenty-five Winchester Hospital nurses made a commitment to pursue their Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing with Salem State University. For many of these nurses this would not have been possible without the Phyllis Alves Powers Scholarship Fund. 

Phyllis Alves Powers served as a nurse at several local hospitals for many years and raised nine children. In honor of her caring nature, Winchester resident and President & CEO of State Street Global Advisors, Scott Powers, set up the fund to honor his mother.

“I wanted a way to honor my mother,” said Scott Powers. “Raising nine kids while working full-time is no easy job, but she did it beautifully. And being a nurse, I thought this scholarship fund would be a great way to honor her and help others in her profession.”

“We are very grateful for Scott’s generous gift,” said Maribeth Canning, vice president of the Winchester Hospital Foundation. “This scholarship fund will allow Winchester Hospital to continue it’s commitment to nursing excellence.” 

On Jan. 14, Winchester Hospital recently became the first and only hospital in Massachusetts to receive Magnet® designation for nursing excellence three times. Magnet designation, so named because these hospitals attract and retain the best nursing professionals, has been earned by only seven percent of health care organizations in the U.S.

Winchester Hospital, along with its home care services, became the first community hospital in Massachusetts to earn this prestigious achievement in 2003.

“Thanks to the Phyllis Alves Powers Scholarship Fund, it enabled 25 registered nurses at Winchester Hospital the opportunity to receive a $10,000 grant to pursue their Bachelor of Science in Nursing,” said Kathy Schuler, vice president of patient care services and CNO at Winchester Hospital. “By sharing the investment, we enable nurses who could otherwise not afford to pursue degrees to do so while elevating their careers and the caliber of their nursing skill. Ultimately the patients of Winchester Hospital will be the benefactors of this tremendous investment in the education of our nurses.”

Each year Mrs. Powers will be invited to present the scholarship awards along with members of her family at a special event. This event will give the nurses who benefit from the scholarship the opportunity to express their personal gratitude to the Powers family. 

About Winchester Hospital
Winchester Hospital is the first hospital in Massachusetts to earn Magnet recognition, the American Nurses Association’s highest honor for nursing excellence, three times. As the northwest suburban Boston area’s leading provider of comprehensive health care services, the 229-bed facility provides care in general, bariatric and vascular surgery, orthopedics, pediatrics, cardiology, pulmonary medicine, oncology, gastroenterology, rehabilitation, radiation oncology, pain management, obstetrics/gynecology and a Level IIB Special Care Nursery. Winchester Hospital has clinical affiliations with several nationally recognized hospitals in the region, including Boston Children’s Hospital, Tufts Medical Center and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. To learn more, visit www.winchesterhospital.org.

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