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The Saint Mary’s Quality in Education Awards are designed to recognize the efforts of Washoe County School District (WCSD) employees and students who have gone above and beyond to raise the quality of education in our community. The program acknowledges outstanding teachers, exemplary employees, and students who have become role models at their school and within the community.
As part of an initiative to expand support of local schools and to recognize community members who contribute to improving education in our district, Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center partnered with the WCSD to launch the award program. Each month a selection committee chooses two award recipients, one WCSD employee and one student. Each winner receives a check or savings bond for $250, in addition to a $2,000 donation that benefits a program of the winner’s choice at their school.
“Saint Mary’s and the WCSD share a passion for providing quality programs to our local community. Through this program we are able to honor individuals who also share this passion and show outstanding effort and leadership,” said Mike Uboldi, president and CEO of Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center. “We are committed to improving education in our state and will continue to actively work with the school district as a partnering organization.”
Since the program began in late 2010, six WCSD students and teachers have been honored. The first recipients, announced in September, were McQueen High School teacher and language department leader, Christopher Case, and Reed High School student Charlotte Hibler. October recipients included Courtney Hurlbert, 2nd grade teacher at Double Diamond Elementary School, and Heidi Schuster, student at Reno High School. Additionally, Pam Calhoun, math teacher at Traner Middle School and Alyssa Yocom, Wooster High School student, were selected as November’s winners. The newest winners for January include Pleasant Valley Elementary School librarian, Stephanie Pirtle and sixth grader, Abby Woodman from Jessie Beck Elementary School.
The Saint Mary’s Quality in Education Awards is a local partnership between Saint Mary’s, the WCSD, and KOLO-TV Channel 8. For complete rules and information on the award program or to nominate an outstanding WCSD employee, teacher or student, visit www.saintmarysqualityed.org.
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About Saint Mary’s
Saint Mary’s Network is a fully-integrated, faith-based health system in Reno, Nev. founded in 1908 by the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael. The network is comprised of Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center, an acute-care hospital, providing inpatient, outpatient and wellness services; Saint Mary’s Health Plans, a statewide insurance provider with more than 40,000 members; and Saint Mary’s Medical Group, a network of physicians and other health professionals offering primary and urgent care, retail clinics and specialty healthcare. A member of Catholic Healthcare West, Saint Mary’s is dedicated to meeting the healthcare needs of our community. For more information, visit our website at www.saintmarysreno.org.
About Catholic Healthcare West
Catholic Healthcare West (CHW), headquartered in San Francisco, CA, is a system of 40 hospitals and medical centers in California, Arizona, and Nevada. Founded in 1986, it is one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit health care systems and the largest private hospital system in California. CHW is committed to delivering compassionate, high-quality, affordable health care services with special attention to the poor and underserved. The CHW network of nearly 10,000 physicians and approximately 54,000 employees provides health care services to more than five million people annually. In 2010, CHW provided more than $1.3 billion in charity care, community benefit, and unreimbursed patient care. For more information, please visit our website at www.chwHEALTH.org.