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Local Hospitals Unite for $20,000 Joint Donation to Wendy Wayne Scholarship Fund

Cancer In the same spirit of unity Wendy Wayne was so well known for, San Joaquin Community Hospital (SJCH) and Dignity Health-Mercy and Memorial Hospitals have made a joint, $20,000 donation to the nursing school scholarship fund at California State University Bakersfield (CSUB) established in Wayne’s honor.

Wayne, 64, died June 17, 2012 after a long battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. An outpouring of community support soon followed with a packed crowd at her public memorial held in the Fox Theater July 7 and later for “Wendy Wayne Day,” a pay-it-forward style effort, where people took on good deed assignment, in memory of Wayne

SJCH and Mercy and Memorial Hospitals are now further honoring Wayne, who graduated from CSUB in 1978 with a degree in nursing, with their combined $20,000 donation to the nursing school scholarship.

“Like so many others in this community, we were greatly influenced by Wendy’s positive spirit and her constant acts of selflessness,” said Jarrod McNaughton, SJCH’s vice president of marketing and development. “Wendy epitomized the spirit of cooperation, and it is in that same spirit that we are joining with Memorial and Mercy hospitals to donate to the scholarship named for her.”
Mercy and Memorial Hospital officials agreed wholeheartedly.

“Working together we accomplish two things. First, supporting the education of local nursing students at CSUB and hopefully keeping them here to care for our community and then, acting on that little voice inside all of us who knew Wendy to collaborate and work for a purpose,” said Robin Mangarin-Scott, Dignity Health’s Director of Strategic Marketing. “Wendy’s time as a nurse meant the world to her. I’m sure she is smiling.”