Clara Barton Hospital Foundation Awards Eight Healthcare Scholarships

 August 15, 2019 

Each year, the Clara Barton Hospital Foundation awards scholarships to local applicants interested in pursuing a degree in the medical field. These scholarships have been funded through scholarship endowments that have been established over the years. This year, the Foundation awarded eight scholarships, totaling $3,900.

The Verda Lane scholarship was made possible through an endowment established by her family in honor of her years of dedicated nursing service. The scholarship assists students in their academic pursuit to become a Registered Nurse (RN), Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). This year, the Verda Lane scholarship was awarded to Madison Wilborn of Hoisington and Amber Thomas of Great Bend. Wilborn is a former graduate of Hoisington High School (Class of 2017) and a former CNA at Clara Barton Hospital. She is attending Fort Hays State University to pursue a degree in nursing and is considering working in Hospice Care. After being impacted by her late grandmother’s end-of-life nurses, she would like to be able to comfort families and make a difference in her patients’ lives as well. Wilborn is considering also attaining her Doctorate in Nursing Practice at FSHU. Amber Thomas has worked for Clara Barton Hospital and Clinics as a CNA and a receptionist over the past several years. During her time at Clara Barton, Thomas realized that nursing was her calling. She has overcome many obstacles along the way but will begin the LPN program at Barton Community College in the fall while continuing to work as a CNA. After becoming an LPN, she plans to pursue her BSN and APRN degree.

The Dr. Robert Moore Scholarship was established at the request of the late Dr. Moore’s family to assist employees of Clara Barton Hospital with their continuing education. This year, the scholarships were awarded to Shayla Cook of Great Bend and Jennie Denton of Claflin. Cook currently works at Clara Barton Medical Clinic in Hoisington as the Lead Clinic Nurse. She is working to attain her Masters in Nursing Administration from Fort Hays State University. Cook is passionate about developing the efficient and safe practices needed to help the clinic run smoothly. She hopes to be able to expand her knowledge of policy development and learn how to overcome staffing and patient issues. Jennie Denton has worked in the healthcare industry since the age of 18 and has been with Clara Barton for several years. She is pursuing a degree in medical billing/coding from Ultimate Medical Academy to broaden her billing knowledge and better assist patients in understanding their medical insurance.

The Jonathan Witt Scholarship supports students planning to pursue a healthcare professional curriculum. This scholarship is the oldest scholarship offered, having been continually awarded since the formation of the Hospital Auxiliary organization in the 1950’s. The auxiliary members voted to rename the scholarship in 2004 and established an endowment with the Foundation in honor of Jonathan Witt, son of Dr. Dan and Sandi Witt. This year, the scholarships were awarded to Angela Beck of Hoisington and Kaylie Doll of Great Bend.  Beck graduated from North Central Kansas Technical College in 2009 as a Registered Nurse and has worked in the ER at Clara Barton Hospital ever since. To expand her medical knowledge and develop the advanced skills needed to take care of critical patients she obtained her paramedic credentials in 2013. After obtaining her Bachelor of Nursing degree, she feels ready to move to the next level of education, becoming a leader and diagnosing patients to provide further in-depth care. Kaylie Doll currently attends Fort Hays State University and is in the Medical Diagnostic Sonography Program. She has completed her Associates in Radiologic Technology and holds a position at Clara Barton Hospital. While the courses needed to attain a Bachelor in Medical Diagnostic Imaging are complete, she will now be heading to clinicals for a year to gain hands-on experience before graduating in May of 2020 with an emphasis in Sonography.

The Sadie Stalcup Scholarship was established in more recent years to honor Sadie Stalcup, a long time nurse at Clara Barton Hospital. This year, two scholarships were awarded to Alyson Klug and Maleigha Schmidt, both of Hoisington. Klug is a past graduate of Hoisington High School, now attending the Creighton University School of Pharmacy. She likes the idea of using her expertise to educate others and is intrigued by how medication can change a patient’s life. While already holding multiple positions at a pharmacy as clerk, receptionist, and pharmacy technician, she looks forwards to continuing her education in the pharmacy world and hopes to someday give back to the small community that supported her. Schmidt recently graduated from Hoisington High School and will be attending Fort Hays State University in the fall where she plans to major in Biology (Pre-Med). Always wanting to pursue a career in the medical field, she witnessed firsthand the positive impact doctors have had on her family and it solidified her decision to pursue a medical degree. After receiving a Pre-Med degree, Schmidt’s goal is to attain a Doctorate of Anesthesiology and return to the area, hoping to make the same positive impact on the lives of others.

If you would be interested in making a contribution to any of these endowments or to the Clara Barton Foundation, please visit www.clarabartonhospital.com, contact the Foundation at 620-653-5012 or mail your tax deductible contribution to P.O. Box 25 Hoisington, Kansas 67544.

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