Jefferson Health Foundation – New Jersey Hosts Annual Golf Invitational; 3 Nursing Scholarship Recipients Honored

September 27, 2019

What better way to fundraise than by spending a beautiful day out on the green? The Jefferson Health Foundation – New Jersey 2019 Golf Invitational, held for the 16th year at Galloway National Golf Club, benefitted Jefferson Health in New Jersey’s Nursing Scholarship Fund.

With almost 100 golfers in attendance – Jefferson physicians, local businessmen and women, and generous sponsors and donors – excitement was in full swing, and nearly $130,000 was raised for the Nursing Scholarship Fund.

Dr. Anthony Wehbe, Chief Population Health Executive and member of the Golf Invitational Committee, looks forward to the event each year. “It’s such a unique networking opportunity for members of the community, and it’s always a beautiful day to support a great cause.”

The Nursing Scholarship Fund assists Jefferson associates in advancing their education and career. Each year, three recipients are chosen by the Nursing Selection Committee, based on their academic achievements and support of Jefferson’s mission, vision, and values.

“We work closely with nurses every single day,” said Dr. Ricardo Perez, Chief of Medicine. “It’s important that we foster their educational efforts in any way we can.”

“I’m always happy to have the opportunity to give back to students,” added Dr. Joseph N. Badolato, Medical Director of Hospitalist Clinical Operations.

The Nursing Scholarship Fund is supported by the Gartzman family, Jefferson (NJ) associates and other generous donors.

“A Magnet® designated healthcare organization that has this fund in place is a really great benefit for our nurses to further their education, and ultimately benefit patient care,” said Helene Burns, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Chief Nurse Executive. “It’s one of the best days of the year when I get to make the phone call to each honoree.”

The Nursing Scholarship Recipients for 2019 are:

  • Entry Level BSN scholarship: Anna-Kay Tenn, Physical Therapy Aide, at Jefferson Stratford Hospital, who is obtaining her BSN through Jefferson College of Nursing (JCN).
  • Gartzman Fund scholarship: Beth Foster-Jones, RN, at Jefferson Washington Township Hospital PACU, who is obtaining her BSN through Chamberlain University.
  • Leadership scholarship: Alicia Francis, RN, at Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital, T-1, who is obtaining her MSN through Southern New Hampshire University.

“Receiving this scholarship feels life-changing,” said Tenn. “For so long, I’ve been struggling to pay back my schooling. Now, I won’t have that constant concern. I’m excited to have this opportunity to grow with the organization and fulfill my dreams.”

“I’ve been a nurse for about 37 years now, and continuing my education has become my personal goal,” said Foster-Jones. “By this time next year, I’ll be finished, and I can continue to do what I love. I’m very fortunate to receive this assistance to help me get there quicker.”

“I’m so thankful. Being out of school for about 8 years, I was afraid of what my future might consist of,” said Francis. “Now, I’m confident that I’m heading in the right direction and paving an exciting and new path. I’ve gained a sense of personal fulfilment.”

The 2019 Golf Invitational was made possible by the support of Republic Bank (Gold Sponsor), represented by Joe Tredinnick, Market President; Med-Metrix (Silver Sponsor), represented by Joe Davi, CEO and President; and Rancocas Anesthesiology (Silver Sponsor), represented by Dr. Jeff Gordon.  

For more information on the Nursing Scholarship Fund, click HERE.

Shown above, from left: Anna-Kay Tenn, physical therapy aide; Helene Burns, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Chief Nurse Executive; Beth Foster-Jones, RN

not pictured: Alicia Francis, RN