Cindy Bruns

Pictured: bottom row, scholarship recipients, Alexis Klink, Meredith Greene, Elyssa Sheriff. Top row: Xavier Miller, nephew of Cindy Bruns, Linda Haines, Executive Director, Brent Miller, Jr., nephew, Shelly Miller, sister of Cindy Bruns and Brianna Miller, niece of Cindy Bruns.

In 1994, Cindy Bruns was a young, vibrant, professional nurse working at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital.  Unfortunately her years were short as she died unexpectedly at age 26. Cindy’s family, friends and colleagues were stunned and saddened by this sudden event.

In an effort to do something positive in Cindy’s memory, her co-workers and family decided to start a scholarship fund. This fund was intended to assist other fellow Joint Township District Memorial Hospital employees who needed financial assistance to pursue their education. This group started their fundraising efforts by holding a simple bake sale.  To date that bake sale and raffle have grown to over $38,000.  Each year, scholarships are awarded from this fund to hospital employees wishing to further their education and careers.

This year, four recipients were chosen and awarded a $500 Cindy Bruns Scholarship. Each of the following hospital employees are pursuing their education in nursing:

  1. Meredith Greene, RN
  2. Alexis Klink, STNA
  3. Cassie Parsons, ER Registration
  4. Elyssa Sheriff, STNA


The JTD Hospital Foundation and the employees of the Grand Lake Health System appreciate the devotion of this group. Their efforts will provide educational support in Cindy’s memory for years to come.

If you would like to make a gift to the Cindy Bruns Scholarship Fund or if you would like to learn how you can make a gift to the JTD Hospital Foundation, please call Linda Haines, Executive Director, at (419)394-3387, ext.3574.