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Franklin Regional Hospital Auxiliary Awards Special Scholarship

6/27/2012

Each year members of the Franklin Regional Hospital Auxiliary award scholarships to local residents & employees who plan to further their education in the healthcare field.

One such recipient this past winter was Melissa Rizzo, Community Educator at Franklin Regional Hospital, who has since received certification through the Health Science Institute as a Chronic Care Professional (CCP). This award was particularly special since it was made possible due to the generosity of family, friends, and colleagues of the late Phebe Gulick-Leonard.

A former nurse at Franklin Regional Hospital, Phebe passed away just a year ago on July 5, with friends and family by her side. In lieu of flowers, Phebe requested donations be made to the FRH Auxiliary Scholarship Program. This tribute in her name resulted in over $4,000 in scholarship support, which will benefit recipients for years to come.

"Phebe lived life to its fullest and left an impression on everyone she met," shared her mother Ruth Gulick at a recent gathering with Auxiliary members and award recipient Melissa Rizzo. "Phebe received a similar scholarship for her certification years ago, and this was her way of paying it forward. She truly left the world a better place."

"I'm very grateful to the Gulick Family and all of Phebe's loved ones who made such thoughtful gifts in her memory," states Rizzo. 'This certification program has taught me new skills to expand the work that I've been doing with patients at Westside Healthcare as a Health Coach. One by one I'm able to help patients find tools to make behavioral changes -- resulting in better health and/or management of their chronic condition. This has been a very rewarding experience which benefits many in our community."

To learn more about joining the Franklin Regional Hospital Auxiliary or if you're interested in learning more about the scholarship program please call: 934-2060 ext. 8780 or email: dzujna@metrocast.net.

LRGHealthcare is a not-for-profit healthcare charitable trust representing Lakes Region General Hospital, Franklin Regional Hospital, and affiliated medical providers. LRGHealthcares mission is to provide quality, compassionate care and to strengthen the well-being of our community.

PHOTO CAPTION: Franklin Regional Hospital Community Educator Melissa Rizzo (blue, with certificate) extends thanks to members of the FRH Auxiliary and Ruth Gulick for awarded her a full scholarship to receive certification as a Chronic Care Professional. From left to right: Linda Finnie, Sandy Marshall, Christine Dzujna, Melissa Rizzo, Ruth Gulick, Wanda Belyea, Marilyn Plourde, Cynthia Langevin, and Jo Brown.

PHOTO CAPTION: Franklin Regional Hospital Community Educator Melissa Rizzo (blue, with certificate) extends thanks to members of the FRH Auxiliary and Ruth Gulick for awarded her a full scholarship to receive certification as a Chronic Care Professional. From left to right: Linda Finnie, Sandy Marshall, Christine Dzujna, Melissa Rizzo, Ruth Gulick, Wanda Belyea, Marilyn Plourde, Cynthia Langevin, and Jo Brown.

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