2021 SVMC Scholarship Recipients Announced

Four Sierra View Medical Center employees were awarded a combined $8,000 in scholarships from the Sierra View District Hospital Volunteer League. In addition to celebrating the scholarship recipients, volunteers were also recognized for their dedicated years of service with the hospital.

The organization’s Volunteer League Scholarships help employees have greater access to education and aim to enrich their careers in healthcare so that they can provide exceptional care to all patients within our community.

Congratulations to the 2021 Sierra View District Hospital Volunteer League Scholarship Recipients:

Cassandra Sandoval, Endoscopy Technician

Cassandra has been with Sierra View for four years and was accepted into the Porterville College Registered Nursing Program and is eagerly awaiting to take the next step in her career upon completing in spring of 2023.

Elisa Fernandez, RN, Labor and Delivery Charge Nurse

Elisa is nearing nine years at Sierra View and has been accepted into the Master’s in Nursing Program at Western Governors University and is eager to enhance her passion for nursing.

Christen Rosa, BSN, RN CAPA, Director of Surgery

Christen has been with Sierra View for 15 years and was accepted to the University of Phoenix Master’s in Nursing Program and is excited to be reaching her accomplishment within a matter of weeks.

Alexa Hefner, CNA, Telemetry

Alexa has been with the Telemetry unit for nearly a year upon becoming a CNA, and with Sierra View for over a year. She is currently on the journey to become a Registered Nurse and is enrolled in the College of Sequoias within the Registered Nursing Program.

“It was a tough decision this year, as there were several deserving applicants,” said Bennie Sorrels, Sierra View Medical Center’s Volunteer League Board Vice President and Scholarship Fund Chair. “We select recipients who’ve not only met the scholarship requirements, but most importantly, as a committee we want to ensure that those who are selected will use their education and skills here at Sierra View to build upon the services and care given at Sierra View.”

Carrie Brinkley, Helga Good, Iris Urquizu, Bennie Sorrells, Chris Nance, and Juliana Glydon were this year’s Volunteer League Scholarship Committee. The education department within SVMC also played a part in processing each application.

Recognizing Sierra View’s Volunteers’ Years of Service

In addition to the scholarships awarded, several volunteers were recognized as well. Each volunteer was recognized with a pin during the small intimate celebration. This included Alice Marsh, who was honored to receive her 30-year pin. She shared that when she began volunteering at Sierra View after her husband passed away, she wanted to fill her time with contributing to the hospital, in addition to staying busy with working part-time for the Porterville School District. Today, she makes sure that all the volunteers who give their time in helping at Sierra View, feel valued and appreciated.

This year, the Sierra View District Hospital Volunteer League is elated for those who received scholarships that encourage education in health-related course of study while enhancing the availability of healthcare in the local community. Current Sierra View employees who check the appropriate boxes on the application who are looking to enrich their education in healthcare in the near future and who take pride in working for the organization, are encouraged to apply for future scholarship opportunities. Sierra View congratulates the 2021 recipients and are pleased with how many pins of service were awarded in appreciation of the volunteers’ dedication to Sierra View.