Taryn Reichter of Alta, an employee of Cherokee Regional Medical Center who is studying Occupational Therapy at Concordia University (Wisconsin), has been awarded a $3,500 scholarship from the Iowa Hospital Education and Research Foundation, which is supported by the Iowa Hospital Association. Reichter is among 60 students from Iowa who have received assistance this year from the IHERF Health Care Careers Scholarship Program.
“Last year, Cherokee Regional’s Lauren Rohwer was awarded an IHERF Scholarship and now we are thrilled that Taryn Reichter is being recognized for her hard work and commitment to her education as well,” said Angela Friedrich, CRMC’s vice president of clinical services and chief nursing officer, “Having two IHERF Scholarship recipients in back-to-back years says a lot about the quality of our staff at Cherokee Regional and our commitment to support personal growth within their healthcare careers.”
IHA established the IHERF Health Care Careers Scholarship Program in 2004 to help address the shortage of health care professionals and encourage young Iowans to establish or continue their careers with Iowa hospitals. The first scholarships were awarded in 2005 and now more than 685 students have benefited from the program.
In exchange for this financial support, students agree to work one year in an Iowa hospital for each year they receive an award. In this way, the scholarship program helps stabilize and enhance Iowa’s hospital workforce.