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Nursing Grads Win Elite Foundation Awards

Four 2004 Mount St. Mary's baccalaureate nursing graduates will receive $2,500 annual awards from the Held Foundation for their top-notch skills and efforts to ease a nursing shortage in Los Angeles hospitals. The awards were announced Dec. 9.

Half of California's nurses receive their education in another state or country, but Mount Saint Mary’s University has been graduating nurses from its four-year program since 1952. Nurses with baccalaureate degrees perform highly skilled work in emergency rooms, operating rooms, intensive care units and other specialized areas.

The Held Foundation granted awards to 11 nursing graduates from colleges nationwide who are working in one of four Los Angeles hospitals, including Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, St. John's Medical Center and UCLA Medical Center. The Mount counts more recipients of the award than any other college.

Mount St. Mary's recipients are Amy Erisman, Tanvi Patel, Karen Rivera, and Mary Thomas.

The awardees receive $2,500 a year for five years, as long as they remain at the participating hospitals. The money may be used to pay down student loans and reduce the high cost of living in Los Angeles.

The Held Foundation, led by chairman Harold Held, was established in 1986 and has provided a range of philanthropic support to causes in Los Angeles.





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