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BRMC Honors Hospital Volunteers, Presents Nursing Scholarships at Annual Recognition Luncheon

Posted on: 05/25/2011

Bradford Regional Medical Center (BRMC) honored its volunteer staff and presented three nursing scholarships at the hospital’s annual Volunteer and Scholarship Recognition Luncheon at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford (UPB) on Thursday, May 19.


Amy Silvis and Hazen Robson, two students at UPB, were presented with BRMC Auxiliary Nursing Scholarships, while Joelle Brewer was the recipient of the 2011 Doris Winship Newton Nurse Education Fund Scholarship from the Bradford Hospital Foundation.


“I’d like to congratulate Amy, Hazen and Joelle for receiving these scholarships,” said Timothy J. Finan, President and CEO of Upper Allegheny Health System and member hospitals Bradford Regional Medical Center and Olean General Hospital.  “Nurses play an integral role in patient care delivery, and I thank all three of our scholarship winners for choosing such a meaningful profession. We are also pleased to help honor our volunteer staff members who donate their time and talent to assist our hospital on a daily basis.”


Ms. Brewer resides in Duke Center, Pa. with her husband and two children. She currently works as a Registered Nurse (RN) at BRMC, and earned the scholarship after deciding to pursue her BSN in Nursing from Clarion University. She hopes to ultimately earn a Master’s Degree in Nursing Education.


Ms. Silvis is a native of Bradford, Pa. and attends the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford on a full-time basis. She decided to pursue a career in nursing after battling melanoma and undergoing two surgeries and 18 months of treatment. Now in remission, Ms. Silvis plans to specialize in oncology. She is involved with the Student Nurses’ Organization on campus, is a volunteer for the American Cancer Society, and is planning on visiting the Republic of Cameroon in West Africa this summer as a volunteer on a medical mission trip.


Mr. Robson is a native of Eldred, Pa. and attends UPB on a full-time basis. Following high school, he embarked on a long career in aircraft maintenance, but he later decided to change professions and enter the nursing field. During his tenure in aircraft maintenance, Mr. Robson demonstrated a meticulous practice for the safety of others, which remains prevalent as he works to become a nurse.


In addition to the scholarship recipients, BRMC highlighted several volunteers that have reached various landmarks for years of service. They include:


  • 35 years: Dixie Sutherland
  • 25 years: Ann Kessel
  • 20 years: Jim Clark, Shirley Clark and Cordelia Eddy
  • 15 years: Roger Alexis, Owen Hannon and Nancy O’Donnell
  • 10 years: Jim Comilla, Pat Lineman, Roger Lord, Cynthia Soley and Louise Stoltz
  • 5 years: Douglas Barrett, Loisanne Bay, Daniel Hughes, Larry Saar and Robert Tingley


Bradford Regional Medical Center is a member of Upper Allegheny Health System.  For more information, visit www.brmc.com.



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