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Nyack Nurse Receives Scholarship

Mr. Peter Kennedy (center) and two of his granddaughters proudly display the Margaret Mary Kennedy Nursing Scholarship Award. Photo credit: Nyack Hospital.
Mr. Peter Kennedy (center) and two of his granddaughters proudly display the Margaret Mary Kennedy Nursing Scholarship Award. Photo credit: Nyack Hospital.
Nyack Hospital announced  recently that they awarded its first Margaret Mary Kennedy Nursing Scholarship to Debbie Rye, R.N., of Valley Cottage, NY.

The scholarship is made possible by a generous gift from Mr. Peter Kennedy of Orangeburg, NY. He donated the funds in honor of his late wife. Grateful for the excellent nursing care she received at Nyack Hospital, he set up the scholarship program to honor her memory and to help others pursuing a career in nursing.

Mr. Kennedy said in a statement, “I am honored to provide an opportunity for Nyack Hospital employees to pursue nursing education.  The nursing care my wife, Margaret, received while a patient at Nyack Hospital was outstanding.  Not only does this gift honor Margaret’s memory, but it enables me to give back to the people who provided her with such wonderful care while supporting nursing excellence for the future.”                                                                     

Scholarship recipient Debbie Rye stated, “I am delighted to receive this scholarship to help me further my nursing education.  Nursing is an ongoing learning process and I want to learn everything I can within the field.  My goal is to complete my degrees, continue caring for patients and also teach so that I can help prepare new nurses to provide exceptional patient care.”

The Margaret Mary Kennedy Nursing Scholarship will be presented annually to a Nyack Hospital employee who is enrolled in a nursing program, or to registered nurses who are pursuing an advanced degree in nursing.

About Nyack Hospital

Nyack Hospital is a 375-bed community acute care medical and surgical hospital located in Rockland County, NY. Founded in 1895, it is a member of the New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System, an affiliate of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and has partnered with Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine providing clinical rotations to third-year medical students. Its mission is to provide competent, innovative and accessible emergency and acute care services to the residents of Rockland County and surrounding areas.

To learn more visit www.nyackhospital.org.


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