December 15, 2022 – St. John’s, NL: Eastern Health and its partners have awarded $44,250 in scholarships to support the pursuit of higher education and to advance health-care practice and knowledge in Newfoundland and Labrador. Scholarships were awarded to 19 employees, 14 dependants of staff and two Quality Healthcare award recipients.
“On behalf of Eastern Health, I would like to extend congratulations to the 35 individuals who were awarded scholarships this year,” said Kenneth Baird, President and CEO (Interim) of Eastern Health. “Our health-care industry is continuously changing and evolving. We are pleased to support and promote lifelong learning, as an essential element in our journey toward achieving service excellence in health care. Awarding scholarships annually has enabled us to support individuals with higher education, while recognizing and rewarding their academic achievements.”
A variety of scholarships are available to staff, dependants of staff and eligible post-secondary students within Eastern Health. This year, scholarships were provided by Eastern Health, the Health Care Foundation, St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital Auxiliary, the General Hospital Sports and Social Club, the Janeway Children’s Health and Rehabilitation Centre Auxiliary and the Sister Mary Fabian Hennebury Scholarship Fund.
“Eastern Health values our employees and their contribution to health-care services,” said Collette Smith, Vice President with responsibility for Human Resources. “We believe in creating an environment that nurtures growth at all levels within Eastern Health. We are committed to providing learning opportunities for new and existing staff, actively seeking ways to preserve our workforce and sustain a healthy workplace.”
Eastern Health also presented two Quality Healthcare Scholarships, available to both internal and external applicants, to promote the study of key themes identified during the Commission of Inquiry on Hormone Receptor Testing. The recipient of this scholarships, valued at $6,500 each, are Wayne Bishop and Ahmad Mahmoud Deeb.
Mr. Bishop is a program manager in the Mental Health and Addictions program at Eastern Health, who is currently enrolled in the Master of Public Health Program at Memorial University. During Mr. Bishop’s studies, he hopes to address the health-care service challenges of people who use drugs and people with substance use disorders, as well as how Eastern Health can better respond to their health needs at a system level.
Mr. Deeb is currently a PhD student at the Faculty of Nursing at Memorial University. Mr. Deeb’s thesis focuses on the clinical deterioration of hospitalized medical patients in Newfoundland and Labrador. At the end of his study, he plans to develop an evidence-based clinical pathway to offset the many challenges that can occur in clinical deterioration.
For more information, please visit: https://www.easternhealth.ca/scholarships/.
About Eastern Health
Eastern Health is the largest, integrated health authority in Newfoundland and Labrador employing approximately 13,000 dedicated employees, over 700 medical staff, and is supported by hundreds of volunteers, including members of numerous auxiliaries and fundraising foundations. With an annual budget of approximately $1.7 billion, the authority offers the full continuum of health and community services including public health, long-term care, community services, hospital care and unique provincial programs and services. Serving a population of over 300,000, Eastern Health’s geographic boundaries extend west from St. John’s to Port Blandford including all communities on the Avalon, Burin and Bonavista Peninsulas.