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Marian Regional Medical Center Announces Recipients of the Volunteen College Scholarship Awards

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The Volunteen Scholarship Awards provided $7,000 in scholarships for local, college-bound volunteers

SANTA MARIA, CA – June 15, 2017 - Marian Regional Medical Center (MRMC) is honored to announce the recipients of the Volunteen College Scholarship Awards. A total of 26 Volunteens applied and four individuals were awarded scholarships.

The Volunteen Scholarship awards are attributed to Sister Regine Donner, who has mentored thousands of young teens and helped shape them into responsible young adults, in both the academic and professional worlds. Many teens have even become successful in the medical field, inspired by experiences they have had here as a part of the Volunteen Program.

Francesca Muto has been awarded the $2500 Marie Murray Scholarship. Francesca is a graduate of Ernest Righetti High School. Francesca has donated more than 660 hours to the Marian Regional Medical Center’s Volunteen Program while she also had a part-time job. She is graduating with a 4.1 grade point average and finished in the top 5% of her class. Francesca has worked as a volunteen on the Second, Third and Fourth floors. She has worked in the Surgery Waiting Room Hospitality desk. She was also one of the first volunteens to be selected as a Meal Mate. Francesca has excelled in Girl Scouts and has achieved her Silver award and is currently completing her Gold award, the highest achievement for Girl Scouts, she is also a Girl Scout Ambassador. She will be attending University California San Diego and majoring in Chemical Engineering.

Ji-Soo Park has been awarded a $2000 scholarship. Ji-Soo attended Ernest Righetti High School. Ji-Soo has contributed over 700 hours to the Volunteen Program. Over the course of his Volunteen experience he has worked on the Second, Third and Fourth Floor Hospitality Desks, he has also contributed his time to the Emergency Department, Same Day Care and was a Teen Lead. He is graduating third in his class of 474 students and is a Scholar Athlete with a grade point average of 4.53. Ji-Soo participated in Varsity Swimming, Tennis (Captain), Key Club, Interact Club (President) and Future Business Leaders of America (President). Ji-Soo has contributed our community by donating time and service to Santa Maria Public Library, Homeless Shelter, Animal Shelter and the San Luis Obispo Youth Symphony Violinist. He is tri lingual and speaks English, Korean and Spanish. Ji-Soo will be attending the University of California, Los Angeles and will be majoring in biology. His goal is to continue to medical school and become a plastic surgeon.

Shelby Mohler has been awarded a $1500 scholarship. Shelby is a recent graduate of Orcutt Academy High School. Shelby has worked as a Volunteen in the Emergency Department, the Main Lobby Hospitality Desk, the Hospitality Desks on the Second, Third and Fourth floors. Shelby was also one of the first Volunteen to participate in the Volunteer Ambassador Program. She has donated over 359 hours to Marian Regional Medical Center. Shelby also participated in the Physician Mentoring program Shelby is graduating with honors as a Student Athlete with a 3.71 grade point average. She played Varsity Baseball, Soccer and Softball where she was recognized as The Most Valuable Player, First Team All-League and Second Team All-Area in Softball. She will be attending Missouri Valley College majoring in Nursing with a minor in Spanish.

Jaezel Garcellano has been awarded a $1000 Scholarship. Jaezel is a graduate of Pioneer Valley High School. Jaezel contributed over 686 hours to the Volunteen Program working weekend in Central Supply and on the Second Floor Hospitality Desk. Jaezel is a pianist and sings in the school Jazz Choir. She graduated with honors with a 3.55 GPA and was accepted at every college and university where she applied. Through volunteering she confirmed her steadfast desire of becoming a Nurse. Jaezel will be attending California State University Channel Islands and will be majoring in Nursing and Public Health.

The Marian Regional Medical Center Volunteen program is for current high school students or those entering high school in the fall of 2018 and those who are at least 14 years old. The Volunteens have the opportunity to join a team of people dedicated to high-quality patient care. Employees and volunteers at Marian are committed to providing services to patients in a caring and respectful manner. We honor the individual worth and dignity of each patient and their family members.

To find out more about Marian Regional Medical Center’s Volunteen Program, call (805) 739-3520 or visit our website:

About Marian Regional Medical Center
Marian Regional Medical Center, located in Santa Maria, California, is a technologically advanced, 191-bed facility that provides safe, quality care to the communities it serves.  Marian has been a recipient of the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence for four consecutive years, and was also named among the Top 10% in the Nation for Critical Care by Healthgrades. Marian is designated a STEMI Receiving Center in Santa Barbara County, and is designated a Level III Trauma Center by Santa Barbara County’s Emergency Medical Services Agency. The facility has achieved prestigious designation as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission for advanced, comprehensive care for stroke patients. Our cancer care program is accredited as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Center by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer, and is one of only three programs between Los Angeles and San Francisco to receive an Outstanding Achievement Award. The campus houses the most comprehensive perinatology/ neonatology program on the Central Coast, providing specialized care to the tiniest of patients. Marian is a member of Dignity Health Central Coast, which also includes Arroyo Grande Community Hospital in Arroyo Grande, CA, French Hospital Medical Center in San Luis Obispo, CA, St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard, CA, and St. John’s Pleasant Valley in Camarillo, CA. Dignity Health of the Central Coast is an integrated network of top quality hospitals, physicians from the most prestigious medical schools, and comprehensive outpatient services including primary care offices, premier ambulatory surgery centers, technologically-advanced laboratories and imaging centers and a full service home health agency; all recognized for quality, safety and service.  Each hospital is supported by an active philanthropic Foundation to help meet the growing health care needs of our communities.



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Friday, June 15, 2018