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Top row, Michele Miller (Sister of Cindy Bruns), Brianna Miller, Brent Miller, Xavier Miller (niece and nephews of Cindy Bruns), and Lana Hinders, Foundation Scholarship Committee Chair and Emergency Department Director. Front Row: Elyssa Sheriff, Riley Grant and Karen Bruns.

(6-27-18) In 1994, Cindy Bruns was a young, vibrant, professional nurse working at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital.  Cindy unexpectedly passed away at age 26.

In an effort to do something positive in Cindy’s memory, her co-workers and family decided to start a scholarship fund.

The Cindy Bruns Scholarship Fund was intended to assist other fellow Grand Lake Health System 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 the scholarship fund to more than $43,000.  Each year, scholarships are awarded from this fund to employees wishing to further their education and careers.

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L to R: Brittany Bowersock and Lana Hinders.

This year, these four recipients were chosen and awarded a $500 Cindy Bruns Scholarship:

  1. Riley Grant, Admitting/Registration Specialist in ED. Riley has accepted her seat in the Respiratory Care program at Rhodes State University
  2. Brittany Bowersock, Admitting Clerk Outpatient Registration & Scheduling, is enrolled in the Practical Nursing Program at Rhodes State University.
  3. Karen Bruns – Clinical Secretary at the Miami Erie Practice, is attending Rhodes State College to study Medical Coding and plans to take the Certified Coder Exam
  4. Elyssa Sheriff – STNA and Unit Clerk, Inpatient Services, is in her senior year of her BSN program at Wright State University.

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.