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New Nursing Award a Part of Annual Trauma Conference

HAGERSTOWN – Four Meritus Medical Center nurses were recently selected to receive the new Lorna Christian Critical Care Nursing Scholarship Award during the health system’s annual trauma conference. The conference provides education and speakers funded by the William L. Riggle Memorial Trauma Nurse Education Fund. The perpetual fund was begun by Karl Riggle, M.D., a trauma surgeon at Meritus Medical Center, to keep his father’s memory alive.

Lorna Christian was a long-time nurse at Washington County Hospital who found her niche in critical care nursing and supervision for 43 years. To memorialize Lorna after her recent passing, the nursing scholarship fund was created to carry on the lifelong learning and education needs for nurses in intensive, emergency, trauma and coronary care.

For the first year of the scholarship award, four nurses were honored for the four decades of work in nursing that Lorna Christian offered to the community. Each nurse received $2,000 for ongoing nursing education. Pictured, left to right, are Fred Thursfield, executive director, Meritus Healthcare Foundation; May Hoffman, RN, award winner and 37-year hospital employee from Hagerstown; Cathy Ware, RN, B.S.N., award winner and 37-year hospital employee from Hagerstown; Dr. Riggle; Kelli Christian Kindred and Lisa Christian Weidanz, both daughters of Lorna Christian; Melissa Wagoner, RN, award winner and 31-year hospital employee from West Virginia; Angie Bloom, RN, award winner and 28-year hospital employee from Waynesboro, Pa.; and Jesus Cepero, Ph.D., RN, chief nursing officer and chief operating officer, Meritus Health.

Donations to either the William L. Riggle Memorial Trauma Nurse Education Fund or the Lorna Christian Critical Care Nursing Scholarship Award may be made through Meritus Healthcare Foundation, the fundraising arm of Meritus Health. The foundation staff may be reached at 301-790-8631 or donations may be made online at www.meritushealth.com under the Donate Now button.

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