Powell Medical Foundation awards $4000 for continuing education – Powell Tribune

The Powell Medical Foundation awarded $4,000 to four staff members for continuing education. 

All four awardees are registered nurses employed in the Powell Valley Healthcare system. 

Lisa Glick is pursuing a pediatric nurse practitioner degree in primary and acute care. Lexie Hill is pursuing her doctorate of nursing practice. 

Meanwhile, Marie George won an award to support a wound ostomy continence nurse certification, and Rachel Buchanan won an award to support a certificate in the foundations of oncology nursing, fundamentals of chemotherapy immunotherapy administration. 

Buchanan will work in the hospital’s infusion center, which is part of the provider’s expanded oncology services. The hospital recently completed requirements in the pharmacy that will allow them to work with chemotherapy medications. 

Hospital employees apply for the annual awards, and the foundation received 15 applications. A committee then scores the applications and selects the awardees. 

“The committee has thought a lot about the process, and everyone goes through the same rating system,” said Megan Pfefferle, Powell Medical Foundation executive director. 

Pfefferle said the degrees and certifications will “enhance what they can do and allow them to go beyond a greater patient role.” This will permit more people in the community to get better care closer to home. 

The foundation has always awarded scholarships, though they were previously given to external applicants. Originally the awards went to college-bound high school students, and then later to Northwest College students. 

The foundation still awards $1,000 scholarships to second-year students at NWC, but a few years ago, PMF decided it wanted to pool the dollars to support employees pursuing degrees. 

In March 2020, the foundation also opened the awards up to employees seeking any type of continuing education, whether it is a certificate or degree. 

“It’s any program that is benefiting themselves, the hospital and the community in healthcare,” Pfefferle said.