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Family honors dedicated volunteer director with scholarship fund


The DeTuerk family

Every year, Mount Nittany Health honors the hundreds of volunteers that dedicate their time to care for our patients with a special luncheon. In addition to honoring all volunteers, a special aspect of this event is the announcement of teen volunteer scholarship recipients.

This year, Mount Nittany Health and the Mount Nittany Health Volunteer Scholarship Committee are proud to announce a lead gift to the scholarship fund, forming an endowment, from Jim DeTuerk in honor of his late wife, Suzanne, naming the endowment the Suzanne C. DeTuerk Teen Volunteer Scholarship Award.

“Suzanne worked at Mount Nittany Health as director of volunteer services for 25 years, and I am proud to support this worthy cause in her name. Mount Nittany Health was important to Suzanne and our entire family,” said DeTuerk.

This endowment will allow the health system to award the scholarship to as many students that meet the criteria each year for many years to come. To receive this prestigious award, students must be graduating from a local high school, must have completed a minimum of 200 hours of distinguished volunteer service with Mount Nittany Health, and must be pursuing a career in healthcare from an accredited institution.

This year’s winners are Kaitlin Carter and Rebecca Stroschein.

Kaitlin Carter has been volunteering since January 2015, logging 200 hours to date. A patient floor and Nittany Grill volunteer, Kaitlin is looking to pursue a nursing career. Volunteering at Mount Nittany Medical Center has given her great insight into what it would be like to work in a hospital environment. Seeing all of the nurses, doctors and other hospital staff working hard and enjoying their jobs every day has been an inspiration to her. She plans to attend Lock Haven University.

Logging 323 hours to date, Rebecca Stroschein has been volunteering on patient floors since July 2015. Rebecca’s passion for healthcare began at the Medical Center, when she quickly realized the joy she gets from interacting with patients. It’s through these experiences that she realized she wants to pursue a career in the healthcare field and wants to continue to interact with people and help them in some form of their lives every day. Rebecca plans to attend The Pennsylvania State University.

“It has been an honor to award outstanding high school student volunteers. Many start volunteering when they are as young as 14 and stay for years. Regardless of their area of interest, they have made, and continue to make, a positive impact on our world here at Mount Nittany Health.  It’s exciting to think that their career paths began with us!”

To learn more about the Suzanne C. DeTuerk Teen Volunteer Scholarship Award, or to make a gift to the scholarship fund, contact the Foundation at 814.234.6777.

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