Valhalla High School student Shea Ricketts has been named recipient of
the 11th Annual AMN/HCC San Diego Scholarship Essay Contest presented by
Health Care Communicators (HCC) of San Diego County and AMN Healthcare.
Born and raised in San Diego, Shea, 17, grew up around healthcare,
closely following her father as he made his rounds as a local physician.
Even at a young age, she found special joy in connecting with and
helping patients. In 2005, her father unexpectedly passed away. It is
the memory of Shea's time with her father and his patients that has
inspired her to pursue a career in the medical field. She plans to
attend the University of San Diego this fall, majoring in either
behavioral neuroscience or biology, and says she hopes to attend medical
school to fulfill her dream of working with, and providing healthcare
to, people in need.
Carol Johnson, Vice President, Sourcing & Digital Marketing at AMN
Healthcare, proudly presented the scholarship to Shea before a roomful
of communicators at the HCC Finest Awards Gala held April 10 at the new
San Diego Central Library. Made possible through a partnership between
AMN and HCC, the scholarship has been awarded since 2003 to the high
school or college student who best exemplifies excellence in pursuit of
a healthcare career.
"The application essays we received this year were amazing," said
Johnson. "But Shea's story really struck a chord with the judges. She
knew what she wanted to do from a very young age-her father's medical
legacy has been a driving force throughout her life. I have no doubt she
will make a positive impact in healthcare."
About AMN Healthcare
Healthcare is the innovator in healthcare workforce solutions and
staffing services to healthcare facilities across the nation. AMN
Healthcare's workforce solutions - including managed services programs,
vendor management systems, and recruitment process outsourcing - enable
providers to successfully reduce complexity, increase efficiency and
improve patient outcomes within the rapidly evolving healthcare
environment. The Company provides unparalleled access to the largest
network of quality clinicians and physicians through its innovative
recruitment strategies and breadth of career opportunities. Clients
include acute-care hospitals, government facilities, community health
centers and clinics, physician practice groups and many other healthcare
settings. AMN Healthcare disseminates news and information about the
Company through its website, which can be found at www.amnhealthcare.com.
About HCC and the Finest
Formed in 1977, Health
Care Communicators of San Diego is an organization committed to
helping communicators and marketers fine-tune their professional skills
and stay in touch with the fast-paced changes in the healthcare, medical
and biotech industries. HCC members includes professionals who work in
the field of healthcare, medical devices, pharma, biotech and health IT
in a variety of specialties.
In addition to presenting sponsor AMN Healthcare, this year's HCC Finest
was supported by Scripps
Healthcare and Sharp
Healthcare (gold); Medsphere
Systems, Inc. (silver); Nouvation
Inc. and Palomar
Health (bronze); and Health eWay Inc. (honorable).
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