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    Sutter Health Awards Hundreds of College Scholarships


    SACRAMENTO, Calif., Sept. 28, 2010 - The Van R. Johnson Sutter Scholars program awarded college scholarships to 230 deserving students who are the children or grandchildren of Sutter Health and affiliate employees. Scholarships range from $1,000 to $3,000 and may be applied to continuing education at either a community college or four-year university.

    “These scholarships promote academic excellence, as well as assist and encourage the children and grandchildren of our employees in completing their college education,” said Charlie Wait, vice president of Fund Development for Sutter Health.

    A recent study conducted by Sallie Mae and Gallup found that families continue to value a college education but worry about how they’ll pay for it during the nation’s continued economic uncertainty.

    “During tough economic times many families struggle to pay college bills. Sutter Health believes the rising cost of education should not be the barrier that keeps outstanding students from having the opportunity to reach their fullest potential,” added Wait.

    Since its inception, the Van R. Johnson Sutter Scholars program has awarded more than 3,500 scholarships totaling more than $5 million to Northern California students. Sutter Health named the program in honor of former longtime Sutter Health CEO Van Johnson. The Sacramento Region Community Foundation administers the program. Sutter awards scholarships annually. Amounts vary based on need and competitive review.

    About Sutter Health
    Serving patients and their families in more than 100 Northern California cities and towns, Sutter Health doctors, not-for-profit hospitals and other health care service providers share resources and expertise to advance health care quality and access. The Sutter Medical Network includes many of California’s top-performing, highest quality physician organizations as measured annually by the Integrated Healthcare Association. Sutter-affiliated hospitals are regional leaders in cardiac care, women’s and children’s services, cancer care, orthopedics and advanced patient safety technology.

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