Harrington Auxiliary Scholarship Awards

SOUTHBRIDGE: The Harrington Auxiliary held its 5th annual scholarship awards ceremony on Monday, June 11, 2018. The Auxiliary’s Scholarship Committee awarded scholarships in three different categories to ten students who are pursuing careers in a healthcare field.

Auxiliary members Pat Motyka and Mary Anne Hickey co-chair the scholarship committee. Other members include Jean Welch, Valerie Degnan, Judy Martinek and Kathy Norrgard; Barbara Avery, the Auxiliary’s second vice president, served as advisor to the committee.

The Grace Kirk Memorial Scholarship was given to Emily French, a graduate of Shepherd Hill Regional High School. The scholarship pays tribute to Grace Kirk, a 23-year Harrington Hospital volunteer who also served as co-chair of the scholarship committee for 17 years. Kirk passed away in 2012 and in 2014 the Auxiliary honored her memory with the presentation of the first Grace Kirk Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $1,250.

The Auxiliary also awarded five $3,000 scholarships to graduates of area high schools. Heather Fontaine, a Quaboag High School graduate, plans to study physical therapy at Springfield College. Shepherd Hill Regional High School graduate Marissa Fontaine is enrolled at the University of Massachusetts Boston with the goal of becoming a surgeon. Megan Marrier graduated from Bartlett High School and will study nursing at the University of Rhode Island. A recent graduate of Southbridge High School, Frances Garcia has been accepted into the nursing program at Anna Maria College. Also destined for nursing school is Shivani Patel, who graduated from Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School. She is enrolled in the program at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

The Auxiliary also awarded the Dr. Van Vooren Memorial Scholarship in honor of Dr. Robert Van Vooren, the founder of the cardiac rehabilitation program and medical director at Harrington Hospital. The award was initiated in 1991 and is given to hospital employees who have returned to school to further their educations in the health field. Each of the following students received a $1,000 scholarship.

Tim Sanchez, a patient observer at Harrington Hospital since 2017, is studying Adolescent Therapy at Westfield State University and has been a proactive employee. Jillian Orsi serves in a dual capacity – she works the switchboard and the emergency room registration at Harrington Hospital and is pursuing her degree in Occupational Therapy at Quinsigamond Community College. Casey Lacaire, a 2015 graduate of David Prouty High School, is attending Anna Maria College as a nursing student. A dietary aide at Webster Manor nursing home, Alessandra Martocci is planning to attend Quinnipiac University to study nursing. Recent Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School graduate Jillian Marrero has worked at Harrington Hospital in a variety of roles since July 2017. She hopes to become a surgeon and begins her studies at Worcester State University in the fall.

Harrington Auxiliary, established in 1932, is a non-profit organization of dedicated and impassioned volunteers whose mission is to support and enhance the excellent services provided by the Harrington HealthCare System.

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