In support of Claxton-Hepburns next capital campaign, the SUNY Canton Foundation has generously committed $25,000 in scholarship support to assist Claxton-Hepburn employees seeking a SUNY Canton nursing or Bachelor of Science in nursing degree.
This scholarship was established to encourage Claxton-Hepburn employees to continue their education and pursue higher levels of training in order to provide the highest level of care to the community.
Each fall for five years, five Claxton-Hepburn employees will be selected through an application process for a $1,000 scholarship to help them with tuition and other applicable educational expenses while pursuing a two- or four-year nursing degree.
David Ferris, chief nursing officer who received his nursing degree at SUNY Canton in 1984 and teaches in the program today, commented,
We are fortunate to have SUNY Cantons nursing programs in our community. This scholarship program is a wonderful opportunity for our staff and we are excited to work with SUNY Canton.
Since 1902 when the A. Barton Hepburn Nursing School was founded, and later through work with SUNY Canton, Claxton-Hepburn has been committed throughout its history to high-quality local nursing education.
Claxton-Hepburn provides clinical experiences for SUNY Canton nursing students, and later employs many of them. The medical center also has a tuition reimbursement program for employees who return to seek higher degrees while employed.
Claxton-Hepburns long connection with the SUNY Canton nursing program also includes the service of Linda Fay, professor emeriti of nursing at SUNY Canton (1972-2005), who is on the Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center and the Claxton-Hepburn Health System boards.