RMC 2017 Summer Enrichment Program Concludes with Awards


  RMC 2017 Summer Enrichment Program participants: Front row, left to right: Summer Enrichment Program Coordinator Marlaine Reeves; Phillip Brunson; Zavier Crump; Chandlar Glover; Annika Gupta; Haley Hewitt; Madison Irick; Deon James; RMC Vice President of Strategy and Compliance Brenda Williams, MHA, FACHE; and RMC Auxiliary Vice President Caroline Thompson. Middle row, left to right: Cassidy Joyner; DeAshia McPherson; Kersey Nguyen; Kristi O’Connell; Courtney Odum; Lindsey Ott; Anna Padgett; and RMC Auxiliary Historian Adele Palmieri. Back row, left to right: Aakash Patel; Natalia Raysor; Keagan Riser; Jessica Ritter; Donna Roberts; Asha Simpson; Whitney Walker; Megan Williams. Not pictured: Brenna Connor and Donivan Morgan.
For the 30th consecutive year, the Regional Medical Center (RMC) offered area students the opportunity to gain practical experience in a hospital setting through the Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) sponsored by the RMC Auxiliary.

“The Summer Enrichment Program would not be possible without the RMC Auxiliary and their support. We are grateful that the Auxiliary continues to provide this wonderful opportunity for young people in the community to pursue their interests in healthcare and create a valuable learning experience that will stay with them for the rest of their lives,” said RMC Vice President of Strategy and Compliance Brenda Williams, MHA, FACHE.

Participating in the presentation of the 2017 Dr. Irene Myers Scholarship and the 2017 H. Filmore Mabry Scholarship were, from left, Myers Scholarship Recipient Jessica Ritter; Pam Canaday, daughter of Dr. Irene Myers, and Mabry Scholarship Recipient Lindsey Ott.
For six weeks, each student works 20 hours a week and receives a stipend of $900 for the program duration. Students receive the opportunity to experience direct patient care, interact with physicians and nurses, learn about the many hospital departments, and are encouraged to focus on specific disciplines of healthcare that interest them during the program. Students must meet academic criteria to be accepted, and must have declared a healthcare or healthcare-related major.

Two recent graduates of RMC's Summer Enrichment Program received scholarships toward pursuing healthcare careers. Jessica Ritter was awarded the 2017 Dr. Irene Myers Scholarship for $1,500. A graduate of Edisto High School, Ritter will attend the Clemson University Bridge Program with plans to major in biology and become an obstetrician/gynecologist. Lindsey Ott was awarded the 2017 H. Filmore Mabry Scholarship for $1,500. A graduate of Branchville High School, Ott attends Winthrop University where she majors in exercise science and plans to become an occupational therapist.

All participants of the SEP were eligible to apply for the Mabry Scholarship and the Myers Scholarship. The scholarships were awarded to the two students who best met established criteria and completed the 2017 Summer Enrichment Program.

About the H. Filmore Mabry Scholarship Endowment

In the spring of 1995, the RMC Auxiliary established the H. Filmore Mabry Scholarship Endowment to honor Mabry's service to the healthcare profession and to be used to support deserving area students in health disciplines. Mabry served 32 years as RMC's chief executive officer prior to retiring in December 1993; he passed away March 7, 1995.

About the Dr. Irene Myers Scholarship Fund

In 2008, the RMC Auxiliary established a scholarship in memory of Dr. Irene Myers to support and enhance the RMC scholarship that benefits RMC's SEP students. The scholarship recognizes Myers' 45 years of service in public education and her passion for the opportunities that the Summer Enrichment Program provides local students who are interested in healthcare professions. Myers joined the RMC Auxiliary in February 2000 and served as president from 2006 until her death in February 2008.

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