2014 Forfar Nursing Scholarship awarded to four at Ocean Medical Center


SEPTEMBER 19, 2014 (BRICK, NJ) - The scholarship advisory committee of the Barbara Forfar Nursing Scholarship Fund is pleased to announce that they have awarded nursing scholarships totaling $4,000 to four nurses of the Ocean Medical Center staff.

Tamara Brown (Lakewood), Evelyn Ferguson (Eatontown), Regina Foley (Point Pleasant Borough) and Rachel Hollywood (Point Pleasant Borough) were presented four individual $1,000 scholarships during an award ceremony held Friday afternoon, September 19 on the Ocean Medical Center main campus in Brick.

The 2014 ceremony marks the fourth time in as many years that scholarships have been awarded to Ocean Medical Center team members from the scholarship fund.

The four 2014 scholarship recipients were selected by the Barbara Forfar Nursing Scholarship Fund Scholarship Advisory Committee after the committee members reviewed all scholarship applications and supporting documents from every candidate who applied.

Tamara Brown has been a Clinical Nurse Educator at Ocean Medical Center since May of 2013 and patrols the halls of 4 West and 4 North. She is pursuing her Doctorate of Philosophy in Nursing Education at Kean University with an expected completion date in June 2017. Prior to joining the Ocean Medical Center team, Tamara held various nursing functions at Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune.

Evelyn Ferguson is pursuing her Master’s Degree of Nursing at Drexel University with an anticipated completion date in May 2015. She is currently the Nurse Manager of Oncology Services at Ocean Medical Center on 4 East which includes inpatient and outpatient oncology as well as radiation therapy. Evelyn is also a member of several Ocean Medical Center committees including the being the Chairperson of the Oncology Nursing Leadership Committee.

Regina Foley is the current Chief Nurse Executive & Vice President of Hospital Operations at Ocean Medical Center and is a long-time team member of the Meridian Health System. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Nursing Leadership Education at Kean University with an expected completion date in August 2017. Regina has held various positions throughout her stellar 27-year nursing career including beginning as an Operating Room Nurse and then Operating Room Nurse Manager for Point Pleasant and Brick hospitals while working directly alongside the late Barbara Forfar from 1989 to 1996.

Rachel Hollywood is an Orthopedic Clinical Coordinator in the Center of Total Joint and Spine Replacement on 6 West at Ocean Medical Center and is pursuing her Masters of Nursing (Family Health Nurse Practitioner) at Rutgers University with an anticipated completion date of May 2015. She is a member of the National Association of Orthopedic Nurses and Co-Chair of the Orthopedic Clinical Services Team at Ocean Medical Center.

“On behalf of the entire scholarship committee, I want to congratulate these four exceptional individuals who truly have a sincere desire and compassion for the Nursing profession and Nursing education just like Barbara did. They each have an exceptional drive to gain as much knowledge as they can to help their staff, fellow team members and patients and have placed a priority on their own personal Nursing education to help serve all of us better” mentioned Walt Konopka, Chairperson of the Barbara Forfar Nursing Scholarship Fund.

“For this year, the Scholarship Committee agreed that our 2014 fundraiser and the 2014 awards presentation were to be dedicated to Joseph Forfar, husband of Barbara, who left us earlier in February. If is only fitting that these four outstanding nurses receive our 2014 scholarships this year as a very special tribute to Joseph and in memory of Barbara. We wish all of them the best of success in their nursing careers” finished Konopka.

In addition to the scholarship recipients, their family members and friends, Ocean Medical Center physicians, nurses and administrative staff, other guests of note in attendance at the award presentation included Dr. Teri Wurmser, Executive Director of the Ann May Center for Nursing at Meridian Health; Matthew Lang, Interim Executive Director of the Ocean Medical Center Foundation and Lisa Klein, Development Officer of the Ocean Medical Center Foundation.

During its short four-year history, The Barbara Forfar Nursing Scholarship Fund has awarded $11,000 total to 18 nurses and nursing students of Ocean Medical Center.

The 2014 scholarship application due date was July 11.


ABOUT THE BARBARA FORFAR NURSING SCHOLARSHIP FUND:
The Barbara Forfar Nursing Scholarship Fund was established on January 15, 2011 and is part of the Ocean Medical Center Foundation family of funds.

The fund provides monetary assistance to qualified nurses and nursing students of Ocean Medical Center who desire to continue their formal education in nursing profession in the form of scholarships and awards one (or more) nursing scholarship during September of each year to eligible applicants.

The Barbara Forfar Nursing Scholarship Fund was established to honor the memory of long-time Point Pleasant resident Barbara Forfar or “Foof” as she was called by her fellow nurses and other colleagues in the operating room, and her forty-four years of dedication to the nursing profession with all but three years of her service associated with the Ocean Medical Center or its predecessor hospitals.

To qualify for the scholarship, the applicant must be an employee or nursing student at Ocean Medical Center and must be enrolled in a RN program, an upper division program (RN to BSN) or advanced degree program (MSN, PhD) in nursing.

All Ocean Medical Center nurses and nursing students from all OMC practice areas are eligible to apply. The scholarship must be used to supplement tuition, fees, lab costs, books or educational supply expenses.

The Barbara Forfar Nursing Scholarship Fund awards one (or more) nursing scholarship during September of each year to eligible applicants.


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The Barbara Forfar Nursing Scholarship Fund was established on January 15, 2011. The Fund is a member of the Ocean Medical Center Foundation family of funds. The fund awards one (or more) nursing scholarship during September of each year to eligible applicants as selected by the fund’s Scholarship Advisory Committee. The Ocean Medical Center Foundation is the tax-exempt charity providing philanthropic support for Ocean Medical Center, a member of Hackensack Meridian Health. The Ocean Medical Center Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, which means your donation is tax-deductible to the full extent provided by law.


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