Saint Anne's Hospital Multicultural Health Committee offers scholarships to students pursuing health care and/or National Medical Interpreter certification

By Saint Anne's Hospital | Mar 08, 2017

Fall River, MA – Saint Anne’s Hospital's Multicultural Health Committee has announced that it is offering a total of five scholarships for the 2017-2018 academic year. The awards include three $1,000 scholarships to local students pursuing a health care career and two $500 awards for students pursuing National Medical Interpreter certification.

Designed to assist bilingual/bicultural students who are pursuing a career in health care, the scholarships are available to community individuals, plus Saint Anne’s Hospital employees and their immediate family members.

Candidates for the $1,000 academic scholarships must be bi-cultural and/or bilingual.  Community residents (i.e., those not associated with Saint Anne’s Hospital) must be residents of Fall River, Assonet, Dighton, Fall River, Freetown, Rehoboth, Swansea, Somerset, Westport, Tiverton, or Little Compton, Rhode Island.  The residency requirement for those associated with Saint Anne’s is waived. Other criteria also apply.

Candidates for National Medical Interpreter certification must have worked as a medical interpreter for two or more years; and have a certificate of completion of a 45- to 60-hour medical interpreter training.  These awards are open to community individuals, plus Saint Anne’s employees and their family members.

To apply for these awards: Complete information and applications are available on Saint Anne’s Hospital’s website.  The deadline for these scholarship applications is Friday, May 5, 2017.

For more information, contact Natalia Konarski, manager of Interpreter Services, 508-235-5234.

Comprising a cross-section of the area’s cultural communities and agencies, Saint Anne’s Hospital’s Multicultural Health Committee was created in 1985 to assist the hospital in reducing barriers to the multicultural community and improving its access to health education.  In 1987, the committee launched the scholarship program to encourage area bilingual or bicultural students to pursue education in health care.  Scholarships are available to employees of Saint Anne’s Hospital and other area students.  Since its inception, the program has awarded more than $67,000 to students who are enrolled in health career education and have demonstrated leadership, bilingual and/or bicultural skills, community involvement, and financial need.

About Saint Anne’s Hospital: Founded by the Dominican Sisters of the Presentation in 1906, Saint Anne’s Hospital in Fall River, Massachusetts, is a full-service, acute care Catholic hospital with 185 beds and satellite locations in Dartmouth, New Bedford, Attleboro, Swansea,and Stoughton, Massachusetts.

A member of Steward Health Care, Saint Anne’s provides nationally recognized patient- and family-centered inpatient care (including all private rooms) and outpatient clinical services to patients from surrounding Massachusetts and Rhode Island communities. In addition to comprehensive diagnostic, medical, surgical, and emergency services, Saint Anne’s key services include Saint Anne’s Hospital Regional Cancer Center in Fall River and Dartmouth; the Joint Commission-certified Center for Orthopedic Excellence; ambulatory surgery centers in Attleboro and Dartmouth; the Center for Pain Management in Swansea and Dartmouth; and geriatric psychiatry services at locations in Fall River and Stoughton.


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