February 18, 2008
Ketchikan, Alaska - Jennifer Erin Newell has been awarded this year's Joseph A. Shields Jr. Memorial Scholarship from Ketchikan General Hospital to continue her education in physical therapy. She is slated to get her Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science this semester from Eastern Washington University in Cheney. Her next step is to pursue her doctorate in Physical Therapy.
In her scholarship essay, Ms. Newell explained that her interest in pursuing a health care degree is "to ensure a patient receives not only the quality of services they are expecting from a healthcare provider, but also the compassion and concern of someone who cares for them and their needs".
Shana Criscola, KGH Recruiting Specialist, said, "We are so pleased with Ms. Newell's selection to receive the scholarship. The importance she places on quality and compassion are hallmarks of the PeaceHealth mission to provide exceptional medicine and compassionate care".
The $1000 scholarship is given yearly to a student pursing a career in health care. To be eligible, the student must be enrolled in or accepted to a health care program.
The scholarship was established in 2003 with a donation in memory of KGH physician Joseph A. Shields, Jr. Doctor Shields was a talented and gifted orthopedic surgeon who devoted 17 years of his career to Ketchikan and Southeast Alaska. Not only was he a doctor to the community, but also a friend to many in Ketchikan.
Doctor Shields arrived in Ketchikan in 1975 to start the first orthopedic surgery practice in town. For many years, he was the only orthopedic surgeon in southern Southeast Alaska. After his death in 1996, his father, Joseph Shields Sr., made a donation in his name to be used for scholarships.
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