BENNINGTON, VT—November 3, 2015— The Helen Dixon Kunzelmann Nurse Scholar Program is a generous, permanently endowed fund that provides financial assistance for qualified SVHC nurses pursuing bachelor’s, master’s, or post-graduate degrees in nursing.
As a designated Magnet Hospital for Nursing Excellence, SVMC recognizes the value of higher education among its professional nursing staff to improve patient outcomes and sustain a professional and rewarding work environment. One of the SVHC Nursing Strategic Goals is to increase the percentage of nurses educated at the bachelor’s level or above to 80 percent by 2020.
“The benefactor, Helen Dixon Kunzelmann, shared that vision and made a bequest to further nursing excellence and to serve as a recruitment, retention, and reward strategy for excellence in our professional nursing staff,” said Chief Nursing Officer Carol Conroy, DNP.
The nurses awarded represent many hospital departments, including perioperative services, the emergency department, cardiac rehabilitation, and infection prevention, among others. Nurses received full or partial scholarships to cover the cost of tuition and related educational expenses. Funds are awarded in addition to the traditional tuition reimbursement benefit offered through SVHC Human Resources.
Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) is an integrated health system serving Bennington and Windham Counties in Vermont, eastern Rensselaer and Washington Counties in New York, and northern Berkshire County in Massachusetts. SVHC consists of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), the Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center, and the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation in Bennington; SVMC Northshire Campus in Manchester, SVMC Deerfield Valley Campus in Wilmington, Mountain Medical at the base of Mount Snow in West Dover, SVMC Pownal Campus in Pownal, and the SVHC Foundation. SVMC’s multispecialty medical group is operated in partnership with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians and provides a wide range of primary and specialty care to the region. To learn more, visit svhealthcare.org.
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