Ohio Health O’Bleness Hospital provides nursing scholarships for the region

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There is a growing national shortage of nurses and healthcare workers, and the problem is becoming dangerously more acute given the drains of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This issue is unfortunately readily apparent in Southeastern Ohio, says Rhonda Dixon, Chief Nursing Officer at Ohio Health O’Bleness Hospital in Athens.

So, Ohio Health has worked with the Athens City Schools to provide a $500,000 endowed scholarship for high school graduates who want to continue their studies in nursing.

The fund was created in October and awards will be given out for the first time this spring.

The purpose is to encourage more young people to pursue the many and varied aspects of nursing in the 21st Century, according to Tara Gilts, Philanthropy Advisor for Ohio Health O’Bleness Hospital.

Ohio Health also has partnered with local businesses and other entities to provide over $400,000 in scholarship money for current Ohio Health employees to advance their healthcare education.

These scholarships are designed to encourage current Ohio Health associates to advance their education and become even more attentive to the health care needs of our region, according to Dixon.

If anyone would want to donate to either of these funds, contact Tara Gilts at (740) 566-4539 or you can email her at .