Honesdale, Wyoming County- "I will do my best to make you and your family proud," said Sarah Tigue as she was awarded one of two nursing scholarships from Judith Gustin in honor of Gustin's parents Dr. Howard R. and Marian C. Patton. Tigue and the other recipient, Rachel Kominiski, are both students in the Class of 2014 at the Luzerne County Community College Nursing Program at Wayne Memorial Hospital.The Patton Memorial Nursing Scholarship, established in 2010 by the late couple's four children, is set up to help offset expenses for second-semester nursing students in the two-year program.
Mrs. Gustin expressed great pleasure that she and her siblings could assist students participating in the Hospital's Nursing Program, noting that her father was one of the physician instructors for the Nurse Aide Training Program at the Hospital in the 1960s.She also commented that her mother, a Registered Dietitian at Wayne Memorial for a number of years, and her father were both lifelong learners who appreciated the importance of education. Dr. Patton first practiced medicine in the area in Damascus in 1937. Later he set up an office in Honesdale, provided coverage for the Hospital's Emergency Room, and from 1957 until his retirement in 1976, served as the Hospital's Chief Pathologist and Director of the Medical Laboratory.The Patton children--Howard J. Patton,Los Alamos, New Mexico; Patricia P. Robison, Manchester, New Jersey; Joanne Patton, North Palm Beach, Florida; and Judith, who still lives in the Honesdale area--created the endowment to enhance their father's legacy through the professional development "of future, quality healthcare professionals for the people of Wayne County."
Both scholarship recipients thanked Ms. Gustin, with Ms. Tigue, the daughter of Tom and Janet Tigue of Hawley, adding, "I'm most appreciative for this award." Ms. Kominski is a Honesdale resident and the daughter of Dawn Miller.Their scholarships will pay for one half of a semester's tuition, books and supply costs.Both students, if they maintain a B average, will also be eligible for similar scholarships in their second year of study.
The Patton Memorial Nursing Scholarship, created in collaboration with the Wayne Memorial Health Foundation, permits the endowed fund to receive additional contributions from the Patton family, as well as the community at large.
The LCCC Nursing Program at WMH graduated its first class in 2012. All 14 graduates passed their state licensure exams to become registered nurses, and most were employed almost immediately as RNs by Wayne Memorial Hospital.
Photo, left to right: Wayne Memorial CEO David Hoff; Sarah Tigue; Richard G. Garman, executive director Wayne Memorial Health Foundation; Rachel Kominski; Judith Gustin; James Pettinato, RN, director Patient Care Services.Heather Holmes-Komar, a WMH employee and Wayne Memorial Hospital Auxilian helped select the Patton Scholarship award winners from among the applicants.