As the cold of winter and the warmth of the holiday season approaches, I extend sincere greetings to all Mount Carmel alumni on behalf of the faculty and staff of Mount Carmel College of Nursing!

I hope you enjoy this second edition of our new e-newsletter, ALUMnews. I’ve heard so many positive comments about our continued progress into this “digital age” and agree, it’s a great way to communicate news, events and updates. Please continue to send us your feedback!


Many visitors to our campus are aware that the history of Mount Carmel College of Nursing goes back more than 110 years to the founding of the Mount Carmel School of Nursing. But if “seeing is believing,” then visitors, students, staff and many others will know for sure when a new “History of Mount Carmel Excellence in Nursing Education Mural” is installed in the Mount Carmel Health Sciences Library.

Thanks to a generous grant from the Mount Carmel Foundation, this history mural – featuring a timeline from 1886, when the founders of Mount Carmel Hospital invited the Sisters of the Holy Cross to Columbus to manage the new hospital, to 2014, when MCCN President/Dean Ann Schiele, PhD, RN, transitions to President Emeritus status, (see below: Our Visionary Leader Transitions) – is made possible.

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Name: Pat Steele Skunda

Year of graduation from Mount Carmel School of Nursing: 1972

Year of graduation from Mount Carmel College of Nursing: 2010 (BSN). I will graduate in December 2014 from the MCCN Master’s Program.

Current hometown: Columbus, Ohio

Professional highlights: I have been employed at Mount Carmel West Hospital for nearly 43 years, including as a Unit Director for 12 years on the Cardiac and Medical Step-down units. I’ve been in my current role, a night shift Nursing Supervisor, for over 22 and a half years.

In June 2013, The Ohio Hospital Association named MCCN alumnus Jeremy Daugherty, 1995, Health Care Worker of the Year. Jeremy, who was one of four finalists out of 62 nominees from across Ohio, was recognized for exhibiting leadership, values and ideals and for going above and beyond the call of duty, giving back to his community and overcoming all odds to succeed. Congratulations to Jeremy who is a colleague in Surgical Services at Mount Carmel East Hospital.

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Name: Judi Hollern Brown

Year of graduation from Mount Carmel School of Nursing: 1974

Current hometown: Dublin, Ohio

Professional highlights: BSN, RN

When did you first feel the call to be a nurse? When I was a junior in high school.

What television show do you have to DVR every week? “NCIS” – Mark Harmon is easy on the eyes! Also, “Person of Interest.”

What is your favorite memory of Mount Carmel? I have lots of great memories of Mount Carmel, including the lasting friendships, difficult studies and dorm life. We had no cell phones then, but one phone on each hall. I remember not signing out with Elestine (the house mother), leaving and sneaking back in through the ER, and hoping I wouldn’t get caught (yes, we had curfews).

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Name: Tara Dorans Williams MS, RN

Year of graduation from Mount Carmel College of Nursing: BSN 1999; MS 2011

Current hometown: Hebron, Ohio

Professional highlights: Director of Medical/Surgical Division at Mount Carmel East Hospital

When did you first feel the call to be a nurse? The earliest recollection I had was at four years old. I liked to put band-aids on my dolls to heal their wounds.

What television show do you have to DVR every week? “Grey’s Anatomy.”

88%: freshmen retention rate