Scholarship Aids Future North Shore Nurses

Thorne nursing scholarship winners announced

Nursing is a calling for many. They might have different reasons for wanting the job, but the common thread for all nurses is a desire to help people. At Beverly and Addison Gilbert hospitals, the Frederick Thorne Nursing Scholarship Fund awards aspiring nurses grants to take that next step toward their career goals.

Christina Sanon and Jacob Danesh were awarded this year’s Thorne Scholarships. Typically, there would be an awards ceremony, but COVID-19 forced a change in plans. Sanon and Danesh received their certificates outside in the Ayer Healing Garden, wearing masks, and  posed for a socially distant photo with Phil Cormier, president of Beverly and Addison Gilbert hospitals, and Kim Perryman, MMHC, RN, NE-BC, chief nursing officer.

Sanon, who has worked as a Mental Health Counselor on the Leland Unit at Beverly Hospital since 2017, is  working toward her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Curry College. Her goal: to become a medical/surgical nurse. “I want to be a part of the community of nurses that are compassionate about the care they give,” she said.

Danesh has been an emergency trauma technician at  Beverly Hospital since 2016. He has wanted to be a nurse since he was eight years old, accompanying his father on overnight shifts at the hospital where he worked. In his application, Danesh said that his purpose in life is “helping those who cannot help themselves.” He is planning to earn his bachelor of science in nursing from Regis College.

The Thorne scholarship was established in 2016 in honor of the late Frederick Thorne, Beverly Hospital’s longtime friend and steadfast ally. Thorne, a well-known philanthropist, was a trustee and founding chairman of the foundation board for Beverly and Addison Gilbert hospitals. The Thorne Scholarship is awarded annually to colleagues who desire to serve their local community, further their education and promote positive outcomes for our patients.  

In her remarks to the recipients, Fred’s wife Sue noted, “I am very pleased that Fred’s involvement with Beverly Hospital has led to this important fund that is dedicated to the education of people who, through their commitment to our community and patients, have shown themselves to be worthy of this award. “