Two area hospitals which help college students repay student loans while gaining valuable work experience have been honored by the Rend Lake College Foundation for their gifts.
Cited at Thursday’s RLC Foundation Annual Dinner were St. Mary’s/Good Samaritan Inc. and Pinckneyville Community Hospital.
SMGSI, winner of the Gold Major Gift Award, has made a two-year, $100,000 commitment to support its Loan Forgiveness program and to establish the Oliver D. Spitler Memorial Scholarship Endowment. Good Samaritan Hospital has been a scholarship supporter since 1987, including the Dr. David E. Hill Memorial Scholarship Endowment.
According to Pat Mitchell, Chief Executive Officer of the Rend Lake College Foundation, St. Mary’s/Good Samaritan helps nursing students repay their student loans in return for a two-year commitment to work at the hospital.
SMGSI is one of the largest health care organizations in the region, encompassing two regional hospitals, eight Family Health Centers and several specialty programs. According to company information, SMGSI has 1,857 employees, 121 active physicians, 273 auxilians and 411 hospital beds.
SSM Health Care, one of the entity’s co-sponsors, recently became the first health care system in the nation to receive the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. SMGSI is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and recognized by the State of Illinois Lincoln Foundation for Business Excellence.
St. Mary’s/Good Samaritan has been selected by the Lincoln Foundation for Performance Excellence to receive the Gold Award for Achievement of Excellence - the Lincoln Foundation’s highest honor, according to company information. SMGSI is the only company in any industry to receive the Gold Award for Achievement of Excellence this year and the first to receive the award in three years.
Recipient of a Bronze Major Gift Award this year is Pinckneyville Community Hospital, which also has been active in supporting a scholarship employment opportunity for Rend Lake College nursing students. PCH asks for a one-year commitment from nursing students in return for help in repaying student loans.
Last year, the hospital formed a partnership with the RLC Foundation which includes recruitment and maintenance of the scholarship program. This year, hospital officials opted to fund their recipients for a second year.
Pinckneyville Community Hospital currently provides a plethora of services, including medical/surgical nursing care, ambulatory surgery, emergency care, laboratory services, nuclear medicine, electrocardiograms, mammography, Home Health, Hospice, mobile MRI services and numerous others.
The hospital also hosts several specialty clinics on a regular basis, including cardiology, podiatry, oncology, vascular services, orthopaedics, pain control and more.