Dr. Craig W. Anderson, director of newborn Medicine at Mount Carmel West, is well aware of the nursing shortage in hospitals around the country. “Nurses are my support staff,” said Dr. Anderson. “I work closely with them every day, and my wife and I want to make a difference that we can actually see to fight the shortage.” Through the establishment of the Anderson Family Endowment Fund, the Andersons will use the interest from the fund along with annual contributions to award scholarships to Mount Carmel College of Nursing students each year. “People need to give back, and my wife and I are at the stage in our lives where we can,” Dr. Anderson said. “If we can encourage students to go into medicine and, at the same time, encourage similar families to give back then, hopefully, the amount of care that we can provide will improve.”

The Andersons also want to leave a lasting impression at home by instilling philanthropic ideas in their children and show them there is always a need to help others. For years to come, the Andersons will be able to award deserving Mount Carmel students.

It's all about Giving Back
The Phil and JoAnn Hall Scholarship Endowment

JoAnn Spitler Hall ’51 and her husband, G. Philip Hall, established this award to provide financial support to students now and in the future. It is also given in memory of JoAnn, who passed away in February 2013.

“We know how difficult it is for some students to have the opportunity financially to obtain an education, and we wanted to help in those situations,” JoAnn said. “Establishing the endowment enables us to give without financial penalty and it spares our children from having to take care of this later.”

JoAnn had happy memories of her time at Mount Carmel, especially of her “great class—just 41 of us, mostly from central Ohio.” The half dozen classmates who remain in the area still get together, particularly when their classmate, Sister Carol Hassey, MM ’51, who composed the alma mater, comes into town. JoAnn recalls that the first male to graduate from Mount Carmel School of Nursing, Charles Boys ’51, was also a member of her class.

“I fondly remember my ‘little sister’ at the school, Regina Sallee Williams, who graduated the year after me in 1952,” said JoAnn. Her “little sister” endowed The Dr. Regina M. Williams scholarship, which is awarded to an African American senior student each year.

“I have very loving memories of Mount Carmel, of the training, of the camaraderie. The doctors always requested the Mount Carmel nurses; our skills were a step above the others,” JoAnn said. “That excellence in nursing education has been retained and is in evidence at the College today. It is gratifying for us to know that Mount Carmel nursing students will benefit from our endowment for years to come.”

If you are interested in giving back, contact Senior Development Director Alyssa Fry, who will help find the most meaningful way for you. Alyssa can be reached at 614-234-3837.

Once a Champion for Nurses in the Hospital, Now a Champion for Giving the Gift of Nursing Education

Lillian Singer Will

Lillian Singer Will ’54 is not shy about what she believes in, and she strongly believes in nurses. Retired from a long and extraordinary nursing career, Lillian’s decades of commitment live on in her generous gift of scholarships that aspiring nurses will enjoy and embrace for years to come.

Long a champion for nurses, Lillian was a trail blazer for the nursing profession. As administrator, nursing services, at Mount Carmel, she created a nurse/physician advisory council for fact-based and collegial clarification of professional practice issues. For this initiative, Lillian was published in the Journal of Nursing Administration (February 1979). Lillian was also one of the first to hire a male nurse, even though the medical staff was skeptical.

Lillian was so devoted to her nurses that she would agree to become acting COO of Mount Carmel West, only if she could eventually return to administrator of nursing.

When she married in 1980, Lillian kept it secret until she told her nurses. “I wanted the nurses to get some news first for once,” said Lillian. Fortunately for Mount Carmel nursing students, Lillian is still dedicated to nurses.

“I have a long history with Mount Carmel, and I am happy to help,” Lillian said of her scholarship fund and yearly donations to MCCN.

The daughter of German immigrants, Lillian entered Mount Carmel School of Nursing in 1951. She remembers lights out at 10 p.m., no married students, no jewelry, and no radios. “Although we did have a radio that we kept in a shopping bag,” laughed Lillian.

For five years, Lillian worked in the surgical unit at Mount Carmel. Then Lillian and Mary Margaret Sherry ’48 moved to New York City to work at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center for 15 years. After six months, Lillian was promoted to head nurse, later to supervisor, and then to associate director.

At the same time her father became ill, Mount Carmel offered Lillian the director of nursing position. So Lillian returned home to Columbus and Mount Carmel, and to care for her dying father.

Upon Lillian’s return to Mount Carmel after a 15-year absence, she experienced “one of the most important moments” of her life. A nursing aide Lillian had worked with so long ago greeted her with great joy and affection.

“We all worked together, and I always tried to treat everyone the same,” said Lillian. “That was the most important thing.”

Leaving a Legacy for Nursing Education

The William J. & Marjorie Bolte Kelly Scholarship

Marjorie Bolte Kelly

“I have a lot to be thankful for,” said Marjorie Bolte Kelly, Class of ’44. She was thinking about her long marriage to her late husband, her seven grown children, her grandchildren, her hometown of Columbus, Ohio. Marge was also thinking about the Holy Cross Sisters, and her nursing education at Mount Carmel.

“I wanted to give back because of all that I received from Mount Carmel,” Marge said. “I wanted to give to someone in financial need, someone who is hard-working and a good student.”

Marge worked in surgery at Mount Carmel for a year after graduation. Then she earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing at St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana. Marge returned to Mount Carmel School of Nursing as a member of the faculty in the late 1940s, establishing yet another close tie with her alma mater.

Sadly, Marge passed in May 2011. Her family continues to work with the college to honor her legacy and build the endowment.

Michael's Story

As a college student entering his senior year at Duke University, Michael Corey was excited about the experiences and opportunities that would pervade that, his final year.

In August 2004, just days after returning to Duke University, Michael received devastating news about his father that would change the course of his senior year and the rest of his life. This news and eventual passing of his father spurred Michael to write an essay about his experience in the student magazine he presided over as editor, Towerview Magazine.

Michael's piece won Rolling Stone's 27th Annual College Journalism Competition in the category of Essay and Criticism in 2005. The editors of Rolling Stone magazine judged the entries and awarded Michael a $2,500 prize for his essay. And because of the extraordinary care Michael's father, George, received from health care professionals at Mount Carmel during his illness, Michael donated a third of his prize to the Mount Carmel College of Nursing.

Michael and his mother Georgeann continue to generously fund the George N. Corey Memorial Scholarship.