Julianna McDermid Receives 18th Annual Eileen Austin Neal RN Memorial Scholarship for Nursing

The 18th Annual Eileen Austin Neal RN Memorial Scholarship for Nursing of $1,000 was awarded to Julianna McDermid of Chester, VT to attend Saint Anselm College. “ My passion for nursing goes back to when I was a young girl,” states Julianna, “and my family has a long medical history, and I was around the hospital setting a lot. My forty hours of clinical work for my LNA license were spent at Springfield Hospital. The rush of adrenaline I was given and the constant feeling of doing something good has changed me.”

Eileen Austin Neal was a registered nurse at Springfield Hospital for 64 years, retiring in 2005. She was the first recipient of the Hospital’s George F. Leland Community Health Award in 2003. In 2004, the Hospital established the Eileen Austin Neal Spirit of Nursing Award, given to a staff nurse, in recognition of her many years of dedicated service.

Upon her death in February 2006, at the request of Eileen’s family, Springfield Hospital established the nursing scholarship fund in her name with gifts received in her memory from Eileen’s family as well as from community members.

“As part of the Austin family, we congratulate Julianna and wish her good luck with her education,” says Robert Austin of Springfield, VT, son of Eileen Austin Neal. “The family and friends of Eileen have been very generous in supporting this scholarship and are proud to keep the memory of Eileen alive in this way. Supporting the education of our young people is essential, and Springfield Hospital is honored to be a part of awarding this scholarship,” says Robert Adcock, CEO of Springfield Hospital.