Tom and Joan Searcy are dedicated volunteers whose long-time support for Seton Hays recently led to a generous gift of $500,000 to create The Searcy Family Health Professions Scholarship Endowment.
During their weekly volunteer shifts in the Seton Hays Emergency Department, Tom and Joan see firsthand the excellent care provided by our clinical staff.
“It takes a good education to do what they do every day,” says Tom. “But nowadays it is so expensive to go to school. We just want to help some of them pursue the education they need to enter, or advance in, the health care field. We have a passion to support this.”
We are thrilled to announce that the first Searcy Family Health Professions Scholarship of $3,000 was awarded to Denise Brelsford, Med/Surg RN III, Seton Medical Center Hays.
Described as an “astute healthcare provider with a constant focus on safety and improving patient outcomes,” and a “hard worker that is dedicated to learning and serving others,” Denise was recently accepted into the MSN-Family Nurse Practitioner program at Texas State University, a five-semester program that will not only provide her with a masters degree to go with her two undergraduate degrees in nursing and nutritional sciences, but will also serve to further equip her as a medical surgical staff nurse at Seton Medical Center Hays.
She is a compassionate professional who especially identifies with Seton’s mission to serve the poor and vulnerable. She juggles a full time job as a staff RN on a very busy Med/Surg unit while successfully attending school to advance her career and is said to “always come to work with a smile on her face” providing “excellent care to every single one of her patients.”
Denise’s future goals include continuing her education to obtain a Doctor of Nurse Practice degree to become a primary care provider for Seton. She is deeply grateful for the generosity of the Searcy Family and her selection as the first recipient of this award, which will greatly assist her in achieving this dream.
Did You Know?
Seton Medical Center Hays was the only hospital in Hays county to win an award for cardiac patient care excellence last year. Your support helps us to continue providing outstanding quality of care to those we serve.
Our mission inspires us to care for and improve the health of those we serve with a special concern for the poor and the vulnerable. We are called to be a sign of God's unconditional love for all and believe that all persons by their creation are endowed with dignity. Seton continues the Catholic tradition of service established by our founders: Vincent de Paul, Louise de Marillac, and Elizabeth Ann Seton.