Lions Clubs in N. Westchester Honor NWH Staffer
Northern Westchester Hospital is honored to announce Kevin Leonaggeo, Emergency Department Tech at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, New York, as a recipient of the 2012 Lions Club Nursing Scholarship.
The scholarship was presented at the annual Lions Club Spaghetti Dinner on Sunday May 6, 2012. Kevin Leonaggeo joined Northern Westchester Hospital in 2008 and has been a technician in the Mary & David Boies Emergency Department since September, 2010. "Winning the scholarship was a very big accomplishment for me. I start the WCC Nursing program in September and I couldn't be more excited to continue my career and growth in the field of nursing," shared Mr. Leonaggeo.
Initially designed as a local scholarship for graduating high school students who would pursue a nursing education, the Lions Club Nursing Scholarship initiative was expanded seven years ago to include a $3,000 award to enable that same education for a local health care practitioner from Northern Westchester Hospital (NWH) or Mount Kisco Medical Group (MKMG). The scholarship is awarded in two annual $1,500 installments.
The scholarship committee includes co-Chairs: Linda DiLisio of Mt. Kisco Lions Club and Raymond Infarinato of Bedford Village Lions Club as well as Lauraine Szekely, Chief Nursing Officer at Northern Westchester Hospital, Kerry Flynn-Barrett, VP of Human Resources at Northern Westchester Hospital and Leslie Jackson, Director of Patient Care Services at MKMG.
"What began as an effort to address the current and projected nursing shortage has evolved into wonderful and close community collaboration with NWH and MKMG, and the Lions clubs of Armonk, Bedford Hills, Bedford Village, Mt. Kisco and Pound Ridge." says co-chair, Ray Infarinato.
Lauraine Szekely, Chief Nursing Officer at NWH, remarked, "We are pleased to partner with the Lions Club on this initiative and we’re very appreciative of their efforts to promote nursing education by making this scholarship possible."
"As a nurse myself, I feel that supporting individuals who want to pursue nursing as a career is a vital part of my role," shared Ms. Jackson, who works to promote the scholarship program to employees at MKMG.
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