POINT PLEASANT — The Pleasant Valley Hospital Health Foundation is preparing for the future of healthcare in the tri-county area by supporting education today.
Nathan Loomis, a student at Marshall University’s Mid-Ohio Valley Center was recently named the Vitus Hartley Jr. Scholarship winner along with eight other student scholars who were recognized at a reception in their honor. Loomis, from Mason County, received a $4,000 check and a commemorative paperweight. In addition, his name will be added to the plaque that hangs in the lobby just inside the main entrance of the Hospital.
The other eight 2017 scholars in addition to Loomis are: Elizabeth Holley, Gallia County, Speech (Univ of Akron); Jimmy Clagg, Gallia County, OT Masters program at Shawnee State University, Devin Henry, Gallia County, nursing (Otterbein); Brett Hively, Gallia County, nursing (Marshall): Carly Nott, Mason County, PTA (Pierpont C&TC); Candace Moore, Gallia County, Nursing (Chamberlain) and Melissa Rapp; Gallia County (Ashford).
The Pleasant Valley Hospital Health Foundation, a non-profit corporation, established the Scholars Endowment Fund in 1988. Today, the fund has grown in principal to more than $1.2 million. Interest from the fund goes toward financial assistance for students majoring in a healthcare related field at a West Virginia or Ohio institution of higher learning.
In presenting this year’s awards, Annette Boyles told about the early beginnings of the group, Boyles, who is currently the Chairman of the PVH Health Foundation Board of Directors, announced “The winnings this year brings the total number of students assisted over the years to 209 young people from the tri-county area.
“The objective of the PVH Health Foundation is to encourage students to return to the community and utilize their skills in the local area. The aim of this board is help local students realize their dream of becoming healthcare providers. Tonight we are pleased to present a total of $20,000.”
She then introduced two former winners who are currently working at the Hospital: Dr. Brett Powell, an internal medicine physician who is currently a Hospitalist with PVH and Dr. Jessica Wilson, a family practitioner who recently opened her practice at Pleasant Valley. Both told about how the support of the community and the hospital were instrumental in providing encouragement for them when they were students.
“It is a blessing to be able to come back to the community I love to practice medicine and give back to my friend and neighbors,” said Wilson.
Boyles said she was very appreciative that they took time to come and share some comments with those attending. “We truly are like family here at PVH.” Boyles commented.
Applications are accepted annually in the early spring for the PVH Health Foundation program. For information contact Georgianna Tillis, Pleasant Valley Hospital, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submitted by PVH.