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Sansum Clinic knows the value of investing in employee education and development. Through the generous support of donors, the McNamara Fund for Professional Enrichment and Education, and the Nursing Scholarship Program help to support both clinical and non-clinical employees with educational endeavors enabling them to reach their career goals.

Eleven recipients were awarded with grants and scholarships toward development in their respective fields and careers. These programs continue to make a direct impact on our community, offering the assistance deserving staff needs in order to afford higher education and in developing our next generation of leaders. 

2019 McNamara Fund for Professional Enrichment and Education Recipients:

Amanda McFee, Registered Nurse Specialist, Foothill-ASC (joined Sansum Clinic in 2017)
“I am now an experienced OR nurse who wants to expand my knowledge base. The CNOR is the only credentialing program for perioperative nurses and serves to strengthen and validate their highly specific skills.  The grant from McNamara Fund will allow me prepare to become certified as a CNOR. This would enhance my confidence and augment my ability to serve as a resource to my team members. Most importantly, obtaining my CNOR would further refine my ability to provide excellent patient care.” 

Kimberly Santos, Registered Nurse Specialist, Charge, (joined Sansum Clinic in 2012)
“The ER conference and CEN certification are valuable educational opportunities that will allow me to enhance my knowledge and performance as a registered nurse and expand my critical thinking skills.  I will be able to confidently provide care that is evidence based best practice.”

Kelsey Halterman, MSC Supervisor, Patient Access (joined Sansum Clinic in 2014)
“When I started at Sansum Clinic I had no experience in healthcare or an office setting. Through an excellent training program and a lot of help along the way I was able to start helping patients schedule appointments and connect with their providers.  In order to expand my knowledge I am interested in pursuing a BS in Health Administration.”

Michelle Viale, Medical Coder, Certified, Corporate (joined Sansum Clinic in 2016)
“I have been in the medical coding department since November 2016. In January of 2017, I started online courses with Santa Barbara City College for an AS degree in Health Information Technology.  I would like to pursue additional certification from the American Academy of Professional Coders to broaden  my horizons in preparation for the exam and certification.”

Stefanie Christopher, Nuclear Medicine Technologist, Nuclear Medicine (joined Sansum Clinic in 2017) 
“Every year the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging hosts an annual meeting that takes place over a four-day period and provides professionals in the field of nuclear medicine an in-depth view of the latest developments in the field.  The McNamara grant will allow me to attend the meeting and  acquire new techniques and learn new protocols to improve image quality on scans we currently perform on a daily basis.  It will also enable me to learn about our new and upcoming diagnostic imaging and therapeutic agents, and view technologically advanced instrumentation emerging in today’s market.”

Maricela Hurtado Salinas, Clinical Resource RN, Specialist, Pesetas Urgent Care (joined Sansum Clinic in 2016)
“The emergency nurse certification will enable me to study illnesses seen at urgent care and learn how to quickly manage them within my scope of practice.  Medicine is constantly changing and staying current is something I strive to do.”

Octavio Avila, Center Support Technician, Foothill ASC (joined Sansum Clinic in 2007)
“Now, fresh off my 12th year at Sansum Clinic, I find myself at a crossroads. I’m eager to further my education and a grant from the McNamara Fund will allow me to attend the nursing program at Santa Barbara City College.  I hope to be a greater asset and more valuable member of our team.”  


Women’s Education & Breast Health Fund Recipient

Christina Jaramillo Rodriguez, Registered Nurse Specialist, Oncology Infusion Center (joined Sansum Clinic in 2016); 
“This fund will allow me to take the Breast Cancer Bundle course available through the Oncology Nursing Society. The course covers prevention, breast cancer, treatments and symptom management, as well as survivorship of breast cancer. By taking this course, I will be able to provide my patients with up-to-date information regarding breast health.”


Sansum Clinic Nursing Scholarship Recipients

Kristin DeHahn, Registered Nurse Specialist, Oncology Infusion Center (joined Sansum Clinic in 2015) 
“My goal is to become a Family Nurse Practitioner practicing in my local community of Santa Barbara.  The financial assistance will help allow me to focus on my academic success during school and will reduce my student loan debt when I begin working as an advanced practice provider.”

Rebecca Ogletree, Licensed Vocational Nurse, Pesetas Urgent Care (joined Sansum Clinic in 2015)
“I have had the privilege of working at Sansum Clinic in Urgent Care for almost 4 years as an LVN. I have been given so many opportunities to grow, refine clinical skills, and also gain new ones.  I realize how much more I could do if I were a registered nurse.  I have one semester left until I graduate in December and am able to take my RN licensing exam.  This scholarship will allow me to finish strong and continue my story.”

Jasmine Pizano, Registered Nurse, Country Clinic Family Practice (joined Sansum Clinic in 2016) “Throughout my employment with Sansum Clinic I’ve learned communication and body language is key in providing excellent patient care. Transitioning from a medical services coordinator to a registered nurse has given me phenomenal skills that have helped me address a broad range of patient concerns.  This scholarship will allow me to further my education and pursue my baccalaureate degree in nursing.”

2019 Enrichment & Education Recipients
From Left to Right; Octavio Avila, Michelle Viale, Amanda McFee, Stefanie Christopher, Kristin DeHahn, Rebecca Ogletree, Maricela Hurtado Salinas, Kelsey Halterman, Jasmine Pizano

If you would like information about making a gift to the endowment for the McNamara Fund for Professional Enrichment and Education or Nursing Scholarships, please contact Dru A. Hartley, Director of Philanthropy at dhartley@sansumclinic.org or (805) 681-7726. 


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