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Women's Association for Morristown Medical Center Announces 2017 Scholarship and Magnet Award Re

MORRISTOWN, NJ, September 26, 2017 – The Women’s Association for Morristown Medical Center (WAMMC) is pleased to announce its 2017 Scholarship Awards and its newly-added Magnet Awards. WAMMC Scholarships are awarded each year to outstanding Morristown Medical Center employees to help further their continued education, development and leadership skills in the hospital and healthcare field. This year the WAMMC Magnet Awards were established to recognize individual nurses or teams that have met the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s criteria required to achieve Magnet Recognition®.

Established in 1957, WAMMC’s Scholarship Program supports the staff at Morristown Medical Center by granting scholarships to hospital employees pursuing careers in the healthcare field. WAMMC Scholarship recipients are chosen based on applicants demonstrating extraordinary care and service to patients, their peers, colleagues and the community. WAMMC added the Magnet Award to its Scholarship Program to support Morristown Medical Center’s efforts toward the fifth Magnet redesignation. The Magnet Awards were based on the Magnet Recognition® components of Transformational Leadership, Structural Empowerment, Exemplary Professional Practice and New Knowledge, Innovation and Improvements.

In 2017 WAMMC’s Scholarship Awards Committee awarded a record $49,000 in scholarships to a total of 19 employees, which included 11 to students working towards their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees and 8 post-graduate and doctorate degrees. WAMMC awarded $26,000 in scholarships to 12 recipients in 2016. The steady growth of this program can be attributed to the hard work of successful fundraising and the generous donations of WAMMC members.

“WAMMC’s Scholarship Program for health care professionals continues to be a very important part of our ongoing fundraising efforts to support Morristown Medical Center’s goals to provide superior health services to our community,” said Mary Courtemanche, President, Women’s Association for Morristown Medical Center. “This is evidenced by our most recent month-long fundraising event, Mansion in May 2017 at Alnwick Hall – The Abbey in Morris Township, New Jersey, which was designated to benefit the New Center for Nursing Innovation and Research at Morristown Medical Center.”


Founded in March 1893 to provide financial support to Morristown Medical Center, part of the Atlantic Health System, the Women’s Association for Morristown Medical Center (WAMMC) helps enable the hospital to respond to the changing healthcare needs of the community. With a volunteer base of over 500 members, WAMMC hosts a number of fundraising events, anchored by the flagship event, Mansion in May Designer Showhouse and Gardens open to the public every two years. WAMMC also operates the hospital’s gift shops and The Bargain Box Thrift Boutique. WAMMC is an integral part of the hospital’s ability to continue bringing cutting-edge technology and superior health services to the community, and has raised nearly $25 million to date to support this mission. For more information about WAMMC, visit

Seven of the 19 recipients of the WAMMC Scholarship Awards are pictured above.

Top Row (L to R): Frank Cresencia, Nicole Stalter, Joy Sawicki, Ifeoluwa Adedeji.

Front Row (L to R): Rebekah Papenfuss, Jeannie Mc Gurran, Lorna Kelly.

Top Row (L to R): Mildred Kowalski, Nurse Researcher; Megan Cassie Shubiger, WAMMC Board Member; Pat O’Conner, WAMMC Board Member; Meg Dietrich, Co-chair, WAMMC Scholarship Committee; Valerie Marr, Co-Chair Scholarship Committee; Mary Courtemanche, President, WAMMC; Carol Jones, Chief Nursing Officer. Front Row (L to R): Kathleen Vnenchak, Nurse Educator; Wendy Silverstein, Nurse Manager, Shared Governance and Magnet; Brandee Fetherman, Director of Nursing

L to R: Mary Courtemanche presents

Magnet Awards to Krystal Fitzpatrick,

Janet Doyle-Munoz, Natalie Reyes.

L to R: Mary Courtemanche presents Magnet Award to Renee Trambert.

L to R: Mary Courtemanche presents Magnet Award to Simone Songui.

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