Front left to right: Becky Waters, Auxiliary Member; Nancy Bradshaw, Auxiliary Member; Ashton Carter, scholarship recipient; Sandra Pearce, respiratory supervisor; Candi Allen, Fellow; and Dot Saunders, adjunct member.
Twice a year, the Community Memorial Hospital (CMH) Auxiliary awards hospital employees a $500 scholarship to further their education through the Tree of Love – Elizabeth T. Moseley Scholarship Fund. The scholarship is funded by community donations made to the “Tree of Love” in memory, honor, or military tribute to a loved one. Recipients must meet certain criteria, such as being employed by VCU Health CMH for at least one year, providing a letter of recommendation from their department chair, maintaining a 3.0 GPA or higher, and writing a 100-word essay on how whose scholarship would improve their lives. The degree or certification pursued must enhance the employee’s abilities in a hospital position.
The Auxiliary awarded two winners for the fall semester, both for respiratory therapy students. The winners are Candi Allen from Bracey and Ashton Carter from Chase City.
Allen worked at VCU Health CMH for nine years as a Registered Respiratory Therapist. She is attending Liberty University to earn her bachelor’s degree in Respiratory Therapy.
“I want to better educate my patients and their families. I also want to expand my knowledge, provide better patient care and have a positive impact on their lives,” Allen said.
Allen loves working at VCU Health CMH and calls it home. Originally from Tennessee, both of his parents’ families are from Virginia. She completed her clinical studies at CMH while attending Reynolds Community College. She has lived in the area for 40 years and has family nearby.
She is not entitled to tuition reimbursement due to her former part-time status, but with a young son now in school, the time had come for her to return to school.
“Winning this scholarship made me feel good because I’m paying for it out of pocket,” Allen said.
Carter has always worked in healthcare. She started as a dental assistant. She worked at VCU Health CMH for four years in acute care as a Cardiac Monitor Technician. She is currently attending Reynolds Community College for an Associate’s Degree in Respiratory Therapy. She sees the impact respiratory therapists have on improving the health of their patients and loves the variety of ways they touch all hospital departments. With the pandemic affecting lung health, some might ask why become a respiratory therapist now?
“COVID actually made me want to do it more,” Carter said. “I can better serve my patients and use my critical thinking skills.”
Carter wants everyone to know that they will receive top quality care when they come to VCU Health CMH.
“Our hard work is recognized, and there is no limit to what we can do in healthcare to further our education,” she said.
VCU Health CMH is proud of its employees who pursue additional education to benefit their career path and improve patient care.