The Tyrone Regional Health Network (TRHN) medical staff announced that they have awarded scholarships to Ms. Lasandra Keller, Ms. Jayde LaRosa and Ms. Olivia Barr, students from Tyrone Area High School’s 2019 graduating class.
The Tyrone Regional Health Network medical staff awards a scholarship annually to one or more seniors at Tyrone High School who will pursue a health care profession.
Kishor Patel, M.D., President of the Tyrone Regional Health Network medical staff said “We are pleased to provide some support to local students who choose healthcare as a career path. Ms. Keller, Ms. LaRosa, Ms. Barr and other students pursuing healthcare careers will be filling a very real need as members of the next generation of healthcare professionals.”
Ms. Keller will study diagnostic medical sonography at South Hills School of Business and Technology. “I would like to thank the medical staff at Tyrone Regional Health Network for choosing me as one of the scholarship recipients. I am very grateful, said Ms. Keller. She said her own personal experience having an ultrasound is what sparked her interest in pursuing sonography as a career path. Ms. Keller was a member of the Health Occupations Student of America (HOSA) organization while in high school. She served as secretary and treasurer of the organization during her junior year. During her junior year, she also volunteer for a Community Service Day that was held.
Ms. Larosa will pursue a medical imaging science degree in radiography at Mount Aloysius College. “I am very grateful for receiving this scholarship”, said Ms. Larosa. “It will help me get one step closer to my degree.” Ms. LaRosa was a member of the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) organization. She participated in the Health Occupations Technology Program for three years while in high school. Ms. LaRosa says her participation in the health occupations program is what cemented her interest in a healthcare career. Her extracurricular activities included volunteering at Epworth Manor where she assisted with the activities program for residents. She also volunteered to help with community blood pressure screenings.
Ms. Barr will attend West Chester University where she will study biology to put her on track to become a physician assistant. “I am so very appreciative of being one of the scholarship recipients. I thank the TRHN medical staff and everyone who has helped me,” says Ms. Barr.
Ms. Barr says she has always been interested in pursuing a heathcare career since she loves to help people. During her high school years she was a member of the Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) organization and also served as the treasurer. She was also a member of the National Honor Society. Additionally, she served as treasurer of the senior class.
She has also been an active volunteer at Vacation Bible School, the flower sale held at her church, and in gymnastics coaching.
PHOTO CAPTION: Pictured are representatives of the TRHN medical staff and TRHN leaders with the recipients of the 2019 Tyrone Regional Health Network medical staff Scholarship. Front row left to right are: Jayde LaRosa, Olivia Barr, and Lasandra Keller. Back row left to right are: Anna Marie Anna, Acting Chief Executive Officer at TRHN, Michael Halter, D.O., Chief of Medicine and Family Medicine physician, Kishor Patel, M.D., President, TRHN Medical Staff and pediatrician, James Laughner, D.O., Anesthesiologist, Victor Santillan, M.D., General Medicine physician, Anthony Zinobile, M.D., Chief of Emergency Medicine and emergency department physician, and Paul Murray, M.D., Pathologist.