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Four Harrison RNs receive new Soriano scholarships - 5/11/2007

In their latest act of generosity, benefactors Louis and Joan Soriano are making yet another difference in the community they call home. Their recent $50,000 gift to Harrison Medical Center established a scholarship for Harrison registered nurses to enroll in the new RN-to-BSN program at Olympic College.


Recipients of the scholarships-and the Sorianos-will be recognized May 10 at a dinner for all Harrison nurses as part of a National Nurses Week celebration. The scholarship winners are RNs Yelena Watson and Elizabeth Carter, both of Silverdale; DesaRae Stearns of  Bremerton; and Amy Yetter of Kingston.


The four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at OC was green-lighted by the state’s Higher Education Coordinating Board in August 2006. Scholarship recipients affirmed their intent to work at Harrison for two years after successfully completing the nursing program.


Affording Kitsap residents the opportunity to earn a four-year degree in nursing in their own backyard is a dream a long time in the making for Joan Soriano. The Harrison board member also serves on OC’s Nursing Advisory Committee, giving her a comprehensive understanding of the nursing shortage the program is intended to alleviate.


 “Louis and I decided to create a scholarship for employees at Harrison who wanted to better enrich their lives with a bachelor’s in nursing degree,” Joan says. “We happened to be in the right place at the right time, and we’re able to give back to a community that’s been good to us.”


The two bring decades of volunteerism to both OC and Harrison-Louis as a former OC board member, and Joan as a long-time member of Harrison’s board of directors. Their personal and emotional ties to Harrison were enriched last year when Louis under went open-heart surgery at the Bremerton campus.


“Given the services Harrison offers the community-first-rate cancer care and the wonderful cardiac surgery program, which Louis was a recipient of-we are blessed to have the physicians and support staff right here. We want to be a part of that,” she says.


“The scholarship will have a far-reaching impact on our community, which will benefit from a more highly skilled nursing staff, and for those Harrison employees who whose lives will be enhanced by education,” says Stephanie Cline, executive director of Harrison’s Foundation. “This is the legacy of giving.”