Whidbey General Hospital staff receive scholarships


Three Whidbey General Hospital employees were recently awarded scholarships to seek advanced accreditation or certification.

The annual scholarship program honors the service of the former Chief Operating Officer/Chief Nursing Executive Amy Ayers. This year, the Board of Directors of the Whidbey General Hospital Foundation was able to present three scholarships, in part because of a contribution from the hospital’s remittance processor, Retail Lockbox. Retail Lockbox is a Tour de Whidbey bicycle event sponsor who responded to the event cancellation for this year by choosing to re-direct their contribution to support continuing nursing education.

Their gift combined with ongoing contributions to the Amy Ayers Scholarship Fund made it possible to support the educational goals of these individuals.

Erin Christensen, a clerk in the Medical Ambulatory Care/Oncology clinic, currently has a bachelor degree in general studies and is a certified nursing assistant. Christensen is attending Skagit Valley College and seeking her degree as a registered nurse.

Aliina Marie Elliot, a Laboratory Assistant/Phlebotomist, has a bachelor of science degree in cellular biology. Elliot is attending the medical laboratory technology program at Shoreline Community College.

Corey Eliff, an Emergency Medical Services paramedic, is seeking chaplain accreditation from the police/fire Chaplain Training Academy.

Dr. Jane Mays presented the scholarship checks on behalf of the Board of Directors.

“I was honored to present the awards to these ambitious folks,” said Dr. Mays in a press release. “The foundation is proud to administer this scholarship fund and to recognize outstanding individuals whose ongoing pursuit of knowledge benefits our hospital and our community.”

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