Oakwood invests in quality through scholarship program

With the generous support of its donors, the Oakwood Healthcare and the Oakwood Foundation are helping to make the future brighter for its employees and the patients they serve.

Several new donors helped the healthcare system hand out 88 scholarships through the 2011 scholarship program, including 63 employee scholarships, 15 Oakwood Common Independent Living Resident’s Association scholarships, and 10 scholarships for our student volunteers—totaling $89,000.

“We can only be great if the people delivering care are great,” said Brian Connolly, President & CEO of Oakwood Healthcare. “This scholarship program helps to ensure great care: now and into the future, at the bedside, in the lab – all the places we touch patients directly and indirectly.”

Most of the scholarships are for $1,000. The goal is to help nurses and other Oakwood professionals further their education and fully achieve their career goals.

“It’s really a win-win situation,” said Carla O’Malley, executive director of the Oakwood Foundation. “Our donors are able to help a student achieve their dreams and the recipients get some assistance in advancing their education. But mostly it’s our patients and the community who benefit from these scholarships. They benefit by receiving care from better-educated, well-trained professionals.”

The Oakwood Foundation also announced two new endowed this year. The first is the Dr. Winthrop and Bunny Hall Scholarship for Nursing and Pharmacy. Bunny Hall has was the founder of the ‘Guild’ at Oakwood Hospital, and this year she has established the scholarship in memory of her late husband.
Joseph Nathan and Susan Takai have revised their endowed scholarship, too. The Nathan Nursing Scholarship Endowment will assist an Oakwood nurse enrolled in a Bachelor or Master’s program at the University of Detroit Mercy or Oakland University with $10,000 per year for four years.
Connolly said he appreciated everyone who made the program so successful.

“Scholarships have the power to change lives in a way that few other investments can achieve,” he said. “To be the best, we need to have the best – we need to continue to invest in our people.”