St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation Offering Scholarships for 2016

Applications Available Online

We are looking for the next generation of healthcare providers! The St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation awards scholarships to individuals within our community working toward obtaining degrees related to the healthcare profession.  For more information, contact the Human Resources Department at 240-434-7009 or visit our healthcare scholarships page for an application and complete details. The deadline to submit applications is Tuesday, March 15, 2016.

Scholarship Program Facts

  • Scholarships pay up to $2,200 per semester
  • Funds can be used for tuition, required books, lab fees and school appointed uniforms
  • Scholarships can last up to four years
  • Candidates must agree to a pre-determined length of employment with MedStar St. Mary's Hospital following gradation

The Foundation accepts applications from individuals interested not only in nursing, but also in the growing field of allied health. These allied health professionals are involved in many aspects of health care, including but not limited to:

  • Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy
  • Radiology
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Ultrasound
  • Laboratory Technology

MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital 2015 Scholarship winners, pictured from left, Breanna Chagnon, Cassandra Oliver,  Brittany Carr, Shanice Cooper, Sharon Kerwin, Casey Long and Madeleline Beaulieu.
MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital 2015 Scholarship winners, pictured from left, Breanna Chagnon, Cassandra Oliver, Brittany Carr, Shanice Cooper, Sharon Kerwin, Casey Long and Madeleline Beaulieu.

About The St. Mary's Hospital Foundation 

The St. Mary's Hospital Foundation is an independently governed, charitable arm of the not-for-profit hospital. The Foundation spearheads the hospital's capital campaign and runs special fundraising events, including the Foundation Gala each fall. The group funds special needs for the hospital, from expansion projects and special medical equipment to annual healthcare scholarships. The St. Mary's Hospital Foundation raises private funds to support capital expansion projects, advanced medical technology and programs. Since 2001, the Foundation has awarded scholarships to nearly 100 individuals pursuing education in nursing and healthcare fields. Learn more about ways to give to the St. Mary's Hospital Foundation.

MedStar Nurses Continue on Road to Magnet

Final 12-month countdown begins this October!

MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital’s nurses are starting the final leg of a journey that started more than two years ago – the Journey to Magnet Excellence®. In 2013, the nurses at MedStar St. Mary’s began working toward earning Magnet designation through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).  The application was submitted on Oct. 27, 2014, and the supporting documentation is slated to be submitted Oct. 1, 2016.

Magnet Recognition is the highest and most prestigious award a healthcare organization can achieve for nursing excellence and quality patient care. Only about 6 percent of U.S. hospitals achieve Magnet designation.  There are currently 389 Magnet hospitals in the nation and 26 of those are in California.

Hospitals that achieve Magnet designation have been shown to have higher nurse retention rates and job satisfaction, improved patient outcomes, strong teamwork, a culture of shared decision making, and support for professional growth and educational opportunities.

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As part of the Magnet journey, MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital created a Nursing Professional Practice Model to serve as a visual reminder of our Care Delivery System, which combines team nursing and primary nursing to achieve high-quality, relationship-based care. This month, Professional Practice Model Posters will be delivered to nursing units and nurses will be asked to sign them as part of their commitment to the Magnet journey.

The hospital internal newsletter, The Pulse, will feature a series of articles during the next 12 months based on the five components of the Magnet Model: Transformational Leadership; Structural Empowerment; Exemplary Professional Practice; New Knowledge; Innovations and Improvements; and Empirical Outcomes. In addition, each month we will be running a quote from an associate explaining what Magnet means to them. There will also be several fun Magnet-centered events planned throughout the year to help keep up our momentum as we get closer to our destination.

So stay tuned, and join us on the Road to Magnet.

Packing Our Bags 

We are finishing packing our Magnet suitcase and preparing to hit the road headed for our final destination –Magnet designation! As each nursing unit signs its Nursing Professional Practice Model poster, a “sticker” representing their department will be added to our suitcase.

The suitcase will be on display and featured each month in The Pulse so that everyone can see our continued commitment to the Magnet journey.

MedStar’s MaryLou Watson Named President of Maryland Nursing Board

MaryLou Watson

Leonardtown, Maryland (Sept. 16, 2015) – MaryLou Watson, MS, RN, Vice President of Nursing at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital in Leonardtown, Maryland, was recently appointed President of the Maryland Board of Nursing (MBON). The MBON regulates the practice of registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, nurse practitioners, nursing assistants, medication technicians, and electrologists. According to the National Nursing Database, Maryland has 73,086 RNs and 13,538 LPNs.

“I am excited for this opportunity which allows me to work with nurses across the state and understand issues in nursing from a statewide perspective,” said Watson.

Watson has served as Vice President of Nursing at MedStar St. Mary's Hospital since November 2006. She is responsible for directing nursing services throughout the hospital and establishing quality standards for nursing care, treatment and practice.

While at MedStar St. Mary's, Watson has developed a Clinical Practice Council (CPC), which provides nurses with the mechanism to review practice issues, review best practices in nursing care, set best practice standards for nursing at the hospital, and allows nurses to develop autonomy and self-direction. She is an avid supporter of shared governance with the nurses. She also helped created the Patient and Family Advisory Council for Quality and Safety (PFACQS), a committee of hospital employees and community members who work with hospital leadership to incorporate the perspectives of patients, families and community into the care experience.

“The nurses on staff at MedStar St Mary’s Hospital are among the most dedicated members of the nursing profession, and I am honored to work with them as they give their best for the patients of Southern Maryland,” said Watson.

Watson, who has served on the MBON for seven years, will remain in the position until July 2016. In this Governor-appointed position, members may only serve on MBON for eight years.

Watson joined MedStar St. Mary's Hospital from MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center in Clinton, Maryland, where she served as the vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer. Prior to her work at Southern Maryland Hospital Center, she served as vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer at Montgomery General Hospital in Olney, Maryland, now known as MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, a MedStar Health hospital.

Watson received her nursing degree from the University of Maryland School of Nursing and her master's degree in administrative sciences from The Johns Hopkins University. She brings more than 30 years of experience in nursing to MedStar St. Mary's Hospital.

Watson's past and/or present community involvement includes participation as an examiner for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Program; a board member of the Maryland State Board of Nursing; participation in the national and Maryland Organizations of Nurse Executives; Maryland Hospital Association's legislative subcommittee; the American College of Healthcare Executives; and MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital’s representative on the St. Mary’s County Chamber of Commerce.

About MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital
MedStar St. Mary's Hospital (MSMH) is a full-service community hospital, delivering state-of-the-art emergency, acute inpatient and outpatient care in Leonardtown, Maryland. Nestled in a waterside community, MedStar St. Mary's provides advanced technology with a dedication to excellence in all services provided. The not-for-profit hospital has been named among the nation’s Top 100 Hospitals™ and is an eight time recipient of the prestigious Delmarva Medicare Excellence Award. In addition, MSMH received the Maryland Performance Excellence award at the Platinum level in 2014 – the highest in the state. Our staff is committed to providing quality and compassionate medical care for all patients by coupling innovation with our outstanding team of Medical Staff members, associates and volunteers. 

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Holly Meyer 
301-475-6010 
[email protected]

 

St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation Awards Seven Scholarships

 

Leonardtown, Maryland (Aug. 10, 2015) – St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation recently awarded seven St. Mary’s County high-school graduates scholarships to pursue education in the healthcare field. The students were recognized during a reception held July 28 in the Outpatient Pavilion at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital (MSMH).

The students selected to receive scholarships, their intended majors and colleges are:

  • Madeleine Beaulieu of Callaway, Biochemistry/Pharmacy, St. Mary's College of Maryland
  • Brittany Carr of Mechanicsville, Bachelors of Nursing, Towson University
  • Breanna Chagnon of Charlotte Hall, Radiology Technician (Associates)
  • Shanice Cooper of Lexington Park, Bachelors of Nursing, Towson University
  • Sharon Kerwin of Leonardtown, Bachelors of Nursing, Salisbury University
  • Kasey Long of Avenue, Bachelors of Nursing, Towson University
  • Cassandra Oliver of Hollywood, Occupational Therapy, Bachelor of  Science/Master of Science, Misericordia University

The Foundation has been presenting scholarships to area graduates since 2001. This year’s scholarships totaled $123,000. Funds for the scholarships are raised through the Foundation’s annual Gala held each November. This year’s gala will be held Nov. 20 at the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department’s Social Hall. More than 100 individuals have received funds through the program and many former recipients are currently employees of MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital.

“The Foundation is thrilled to be awarding these amazing students scholarships to help begin their healthcare careers,” said Cindy Greb, a St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation Board Member and Chair of the Foundation’s Scholarship Committee. “We believe supporting these students in their careers is not only beneficial to them, but also to our community.”

St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation was formed in 1975 and serves as the hospital’s philanthropic arm. The Foundation works to generate, administer and manage gifts, grants, bequests and trusts to further enhance MSMH’s excellence as a provider of comprehensive health care services, quality medical care and clinical research. The Foundation is governed by a volunteer board of trustees with elected officers comprised of a cross-section of area businesses, community and medical leadership.

“We are excited to watch these young people grow during their college years and look forward to welcoming them back to the community after they graduate,” said Greb.

About MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital

MedStar St. Mary's Hospital (MSMH) is a full-service community hospital, delivering state-of-the-art emergency, acute inpatient and outpatient care in Leonardtown, Maryland. Nestled in a waterside community, MedStar St. Mary's provides advanced technology with a dedication to excellence in all services provided. The not-for-profit hospital has been named among the nation’s Top 100 Hospitals™ and is an eight time recipient of the prestigious Delmarva Medicare Excellence Award. In addition, MSMH received the Maryland Performance Excellence Award at the Platinum level in 2014 – the highest in the state. Our staff is committed to providing quality and compassionate medical care for all patients by coupling innovation with our outstanding team of Medical Staff members, associates and volunteers. Visit MedStarStMarys.org to learn more.

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MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital 2015 Scholarship winners, pictured from left, Breanna Chagnon, Cassandra Oliver,  Brittany Carr, Shanice Cooper, Sharon Kerwin, Casey Long and Madeleline Beaulieu.

Media Contact

Holly Meyer
Public Relations & Marketing Director
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Phone: 301-475-6010

MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital Vice President Selected to State Board

(Leonardtown, Md.) Gov. Martin O’Malley recently appointed MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital Vice President, Nursing, MaryLou Watson to serve as a member of the Planning Committee to Implement Improved Access to Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examinations in Maryland. Last spring, O’Malley signed into law House Bill 963, establishing the Hospitals - Protocol for Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examinations and Planning Committee.

“It is an honor to be appointed to the board, and I feel that establishing protocols for hospitals and creating a board will better serve a population that is in need of the combined talent from across the state. At MedStar St. Mary’s, we want to ensure that domestic violence victims who visit our hospital do not fall through the cracks, but are instead given our full attention and the many resources to improve their situation and better their lives,” Watson said.

In January, MedStar St. Mary’s initiated a Domestic Violence (DV) Program using both State and private grants. The program educates and trains hospital associates to identify victims and refer them to collaborating agencies. In the first six months of the program, and through the leadership of Yvonne Dawkins, RN, trained hospital staff has identified more than 150 victims and provided them with information on services available to them. The program’s training has developed a system with protocols and processes that teach how to identify domestic violence, and connect the victims with resources in the community.

The board’s first meeting as a committee will be on Nov. 13 in Columbia, Maryland. Watson’s board appointment term will run until June 30, 2016.

About MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital

MedStar St. Mary's Hospital is a full-service community hospital, delivering state-of-the-art emergency, acute inpatient and outpatient care in Leonardtown, Md. Nestled in a waterside community, MedStar St. Mary's provides advanced technology with a dedication to excellence in all services provided. The not-for-profit hospital has been named among the nation’s Top 100 HospitalsTM and is an eight time recipient of the prestigious Delmarva Medicare Excellence Award. Our staff is committed to providing quality and compassionate medical care for all patients by coupling innovation with our outstanding team of Medical Staff members, associates and volunteers. Visit MedStarStMarys.org to learn more.

About MedStar Health

MedStar Health is a not-for-profit health system dedicated to caring for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. MedStar’s 30,000 associates, 6,000 affiliated physicians, 10 hospitals, ambulatory care and urgent care centers, and the MedStar Health Research Institute are recognized regionally and nationally for excellence in medical care. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University, MedStar trains more than 1,100 medical residents annually. MedStar Health’s patient-first philosophy combines care, compassion and clinical excellence with an emphasis on customer service. For more information, visit MedStarHealth.org.

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Holly Meyer
Public Relations & Marketing Director
[email protected]
Phone: 301-475-6010