Lindsay Keyser Selected as First Volunteer Scholarship Recipient at Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center
June 27, 2011
Fredericksburg, VA, June 27, 2011 – Lindsay Keyser, a 2011 Massaponax High School graduate, was presented with the first Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center volunteer scholarship by SRMC President & CEO Tim Tobin at a ceremony this afternoon. Ms. Keyser, who was selected from more than half a dozen applicants, received a check in the amount of $1,000 to assist with college tuition. While many recent graduates are enjoying a hard-earned summer vacation, Ms. Keyser has already commenced her next educational endeavor, as a student at the Nursing and Health Technologies Program at Germanna Community College. She plans to use the scholarship to assist in her long-held goal of becoming a nurse.
"Ms. Keyser is emblematic of what we wish for from all of our caregivers – dedicated, ambitious, and committed to creating a healing environment," said Mr. Tobin. "While these are qualities we require for all of our employees, it is delightful to see them in our volunteers. I am proud to present this scholarship to Ms. Keyser in furtherance of her educational pursuits, especially given the fact that she will be studying here in the community. Given what she has done for our patients and our facility, I can say that Ms. Keyser will be the kind of nurse that people want to have taking care of them and their families."
A volunteer at SRMC from the facility’s inaugural month, Ms. Keyser contributed more than 120 hours of volunteer service even while managing a demanding class load and a part-time job. Lauded for her flexibility and initiative, she was recognized for her ability to seek out opportunities to raise patient satisfaction. Cross-trained in multiple areas, she provided the same high level of service while tending to guest needs in the inpatient units, minimizing wait times in the emergency department, assisting customers in the gift shop or greeting visitors at the main information desk.
The Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center Volunteer Scholarship is awarded annually to one outstanding volunteer who is a high school senior and planning on attending college. Criteria for the award include superior customer service, dedication and commitment to the well-being of patients, dependability, academic success, and financial need. Volunteers applying for the scholarship must have contributed at least 100 hours of service.
"The volunteer scholarship is part of HCA's legacy of helping people accomplish their dreams through education," continued Tobin. "Our commitment to education, both in the form of tuition assistance for employees and educational opportunities, are why SRMC staff are among the best educated in their respective fields. By extending education benefits to our volunteers, we are honoring those who have given us their best, while providing a foundation for the future."
About HCA Virginia
HCA Virginia is the commonwealth's most comprehensive health system, with 13,700 employees, 13 hospital campuses and 31 outpatient centers consistently recognized for clinical excellence. In 2009, it generated $67 million in state and local taxes and provided $385 million in uncompensated care. In Central Virginia, Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center opened in June 2010 with services dedicated to women and children, orthopedic, cardiac, and 24/7 emergency care, among others. It also offers high-tech imaging, in- and outpatient surgery, and related services. In April 2010, Virginia's Department of Certificate of Public Need (DCOPN) approved SRMC’s request to add new technology that will become part of the hospital's comprehensive cancer treatment center. The technology includes a linear accelerator, a CT (computed tomography) unit and a PET (positron emission tomography) unit, all of which are used for radiation therapy. Spotsylvania Regional has earned the highly respected NICHE certification, which is an acute care program and helps hospitals provide exemplary geriatric care as well as the means to implement a geriatric care service line.
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