Benefactors’ scholarships further education of Littauer employees

Shown, from left, are Nathan Littauer President and CEO Laurence E. Kelly, Ferguson scholarship recipient Kayla Bellinger, scholarship benefactor Dr. Priscilla Parkhurst Ferguson, scholarship recipient Tammy Merendo, and Littauer Foundation Executive Director Geoffrey Peck. Missing from photo is scholarship recipient Krista Sheils. (Photo submitted)

GLOVERSVILLE — Nathan Littauer Hospital and Nursing Home recently awarded scholarships from the Priscilla Parkhurst Ferguson and Robert A. Ferguson Fund for Education to Littauer employees Kayla Bellinger, Tammy Merendo and Krista Sheils .

“The Nathan Littauer Foundation is honored to present these prestigious awards to Littauer employees wishing to continue their healthcare education. This has become an annual tradition made possible by the Ferguson’s generosity,” said Geoffrey Peck, vice president and executive director of the Nathan Littauer Foundation.

“They have been great benefactors, and we are thankful that they have chosen to support the education of Littauer staff.”

Bellinger works at Littauer’s Johnstown Surgical Center and is pursuing a career as a family nurse practitioner. “I am grateful for this award,” said Bellinger. “I can now pursue my dreams and soon give back to my community.”

Merendo, director of community education for Littauer’s HealthLink, is finishing a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Upon completion, she plans to pursue a master’s degree. Merendo expressed gratitude noting, “I am so grateful for this opportunity to grow in my profession while remaining at Littauer.”

Sheils, a Littauer maternity department nurse, is pursuing a master’s in nursing and licensure as a family nurse practitioner.

Priscilla and Robert Ferguson have created a legacy of support for Nathan Littauer Hospital. Scholarships have been awarded annually since 2014 to enhance the careers of Littauer employees, according to a news release.

Priscilla and Robert had expressed that helping Littauer and its employees is an excellent way to serve the community. Just as Littauer employees are the heart and soul of the hospital so, too, is the hospital as it sustains Gloversville as a vital and desirable place to live.


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