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34 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, June 19 - June 25, 1998 HEALTH & FITNESS Beebe School of Nursing graduates 17 in class of'98 The Beebe School of Nursing recently held its graduation of the class of 1998. Patricia Lincoln, educational coordinator of Christiana Care Mid-Atlantic AIDS Edu- cation and Training Center was the chosen speaker for the class. Sarah Rohleder, president of the class, presented the class' reflections and memo- ries. The faculty honored Lincoln and her at- tributes of enthusiasm for nursing and her vivacious commitment to the nursing pro- fession. Graduating student Georgienne Gordon received an award from the faculty for her commitment to nursing. Michele Wheeler was honored by the Beebe board of directors for the highest academic achievement. Edgehill Pharmacy presented its award for the second-highest academic achievement to Tracie Walker. Beebe nursing management and supervi- sory staff honored Rohleder for her leader- ship qualities. The Alumni Award, given for medical/surgical clinical excellence was presented to Johnna Jensen. Lisa Wells was the recipient of the Maternal-Child Award, given by alumnae Eleanor Cordrey and Vir- ginia Cottingham. The Alfred Stango Award was given to Amy Hazzard, who was also the recipient of the Lewes Lionesses Award. Lisa Hel- lens received the Dr. David Howard Memo- rial Award, and the Bayside Health Associ- ation Award in memory of All Trout went to Julie Bozman. The Beebe Medical Center auxiliary hon- ored graduates demonstrating academic and clinical excellence and school and commu- nity commitment. That award was present- ed to Jensen and Walker. Graduates from the Beebe School of Nursing class of"98 in the back row are (l-r), Leslie Lynch; Danica Clouser;, Kris- tel VanHorn; Dana Pusey; Michele Wheeler;, Quanda Custis; Georgienne Gordon; Amy Hazzard; Bonnie Cunningham, class advisor, Tina Trout, class advisor;, Patricia Lincoln, commencement speaker, and Connie Bushey, director. In front are Lisa Wells, Lisa Hellens, Kristin Croon, Tracie Walker, Johnna Jensen, Terry Wilson, Julie Bozman, Sarah Rohleder. Janey Miller of the Delaware Special Olympics honored Terry Wilson, Dana Pusey and Gordon with special recognition for their participation in and support of Special Olympics. Helicopter pins were given to each gradu- ate by Richard Hires in memory of his wife, Mary, in recognition of the graduates' com- pletion of the helicopter course. Each graduate carried an arrangement of their class flower, the stargazer lily, in the processional. The Rev. Kerry Shull gave the invocation and benediction. Becky Roberts, Beebe School of Nursing administrative secretary, provided music for the ceremony. The school pin was presented to the class by Connie Bushey, director of the school of nursing, with class advisors Bonnie Cun- ningham and Tina Trout assisting. Jeffrey Fried, president and CEO of Beebe Medical Center, awarded diplomas. A reception honoring the graduates was held immediately following the ceremony. Louise Jarmon Hopkinson scholarships go to three Three Beebe School of Nursing students were recently awarded the Louise Jarmon Hopkinson Supplemental Scholarship. Hop- kinson was a 1932 graduate of the Beebe School of Nursing and served in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps and as a private duty nurse at Beebe Medical Center for many years. A generous bequest from Hopkinson's es- tate provides a scholarship award each spring semester to senior nursing students, based on their academic performance, fi- nancial needs and plans to work at Beebe Medical Center. The three recipients are Quanda Custis of Marion, Md., who will work in Beebe's Surgical Services; Georgienne Gordon of Long Neck; and Johnna Jensen of Milton. Gordon and Jensen have accepted posi- tions as medical/surgical nurses at Beebe. The Beebe Medical Center Foundation manages and facilitates the Louise Jarmon Hopkinson Supplemental Scholarship. Women must participate in their health care In recent years, we have seen at- tention to women's health needs increase. The idea of women's health care has evolved to include a broad spectrum of risk assess- ment and prevention, primary care, counseling and clinical inter- ventions that acknowledge women's unique health concerns. Currently, women's health-care providers try to offer women an array of services at a single site. In Sussex County, Bayside Health has been at the forefront of this ideology. The National Institute of Health has established a research agenda in women's health, including the Women's Health Initiative, a multi- institute study of the major causes of disease and mortality in women. We, as health-care providers for women, face many challenges to continue improvements in health care. We must fight insurance companies that try to deny access to care from ob/gyns or nurse midwives and nurse practitioners as primary care providers. The importance of quality pa- tient education, which takes time during office visits, is in danger a:s HMOs require us to see more and more patients in a day, thereby de- creasing our availability to our clients. Women want to be active part- ners in medicine and health-care decisions. In today's climate of managed care and regulatory re- forms, the health-care community cannot ignore the value of patient- provider communication. Effective patient education pro- grams play a recognized key role in decreasing health risks, im- proving outcomes and enhancing patient satisfaction. At Bayside Health, our goal is to empower women to take responsibility for their health. We discuss the benefits and risks of all therapies, and our clients ultimately make their own health-care decisions; we support them. These decisions to choose health-care options, whether tradi- tional medicine, alternative thera- pies or homeopathic therapies, will ultimately benefit the health- care delivery systems and the health of our population. At Bayside Health, we are in tune to the demand for awareness of the social, psychological and emotional contexts of health and illness. We offer patients access to a variety of health-care practition- ers, obstetrician-gynecologists, certified nurse midwives and nurse practitioners - who see women of all ages, from puberty through menopause. We can make referrals to com- munity health agencies for a vari- ety of support services that cover teen pregnancy, sexual abuse, do- mestic violence, parenting classes and many other services. At our four locations in Lewes, George- town, Milford and Ocean View, patients are greeted by friendly staff. HEALTH TOPICS Mackie Banks Mackie Banks is a certified nurse midwife at Bayside Health Association. For more informa- tion, call 645-4700.