PAST RECIPIENTS OF THE
ELISSA MESSORI JACOBSEN SCHOLARSHIP FUND

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Photo by Jimmy J. Pack, Jr.

Dr. and Mrs. Divo Messori founded The Elissa Messori Jacobsen Nursing Scholarship Fund in memory of their daughter Lisa, a nurse on 4 South from 1992 until 1999. Lisa died in 2001 after a battle with breast cancer. “Doing this, helping others, means something and helps to get through the loss,” said Dr. Messori at the first Scholarship Awards Presentation on May 8, 2002. “It’s a measure of comfort. There is pleasure in giving.”

Since the first awards in 2002, 64 scholarships to 47 students enrolled in nursing programs have been made for a total distribution from the Fund of $146,407. The Messori family, their friends and Chestnut Hill Hospital (CHH) physicians, nurses and employees have contributed to the Fund, as well as patients and family members touched by the skill and compassion of the Hospital’s nursing staff. To make a contribution to The Messori Fund, or to establish a donor-directed fund, contact Susan Hansen, Executive Director and CEO, 215-438-8102.


 

ABOUT DIVO MESSORI, M.D.

Divo Messori, M.D., arrived at CHH in 1958 as a resident in medicine. He was responsible for covering the new ICU—one of the first in the country. “There was a young woman acting as head nurse. I will always remember what an excellent nurse she was,” Dr. Messori said at the first Awards Presentation. “Through her, I realized the importance of nursing care and appreciated the quality of nursing at this institution [CHH].” After two years in the Army Medical Corps and another two years of a gastroenterology fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University, Dr. Messori became a staff physician at CHH.

When asked to comment on the role of nurses in health care today, Dr. Messori has said, “Nurses are under-appreciated and under-rewarded. Hospitals are being asked to do more with less and less and nurses bear the brunt. They deserve the greatest measure of our support.”

To make a contribution to the Elissa Messori Jacobsen Memorial Scholarship Fund, or to set up a scholarship fund in honor or memory of a loved one, please contact Susan Hansen at 215-438-8102.

 


 

2008 Nursing Scholarships Awarded
Picture taken by Arthur Ryan

(top to bottom, left to right) Pictured are Chestnut Hill Hospital nurses Joanne Markovitz, Barbara Daulerio, Mary Ellen Bower, Natalie McGraw, Susan Esquirrel, Lisa Reiss, Anna Grasela, Cecilia Ford, Bethanne Salomone, Susan Eberwine, Melissa Leach, and Meredith Robison.

Green Tree Community Health Foundation Executive Director Susan Hansen; Board member and Scholarship Committee Chair, Tine Hansen-Turton; and Dr. Divo Messori.

The scholarships were presented in recognition of each nurse’s commitment to academic achievement, professional advancement, and patient care. The nurses are advancing their studies at a variety of local colleges and universities.

A Dozen Nursing Students Receive Scholarships in 2007
Photo by Arthur Ryan

Front row (l to r): Natalie McGraw, RN, enrolled in a BSN program at Immaculata College; Divo Messori, MD; Susan Hansen, Foundation executive director and CEO.
Second row
: Anna Grasela, RN, enrolled in an MSN program at LaSalle; Cecelia Forde, RN, enrolled in a BSN program at Immaculata; Tine Hansen-Turton, chair, scholarship committee.
Third row:
Lindsay Novick, RN, enrolled in a BSN program at Gwynedd Mercy College; Jennifer White, RN, enrolled in a BSN program at Immaculata; Rose Mueller, RN, enrolled in an MSN program at Drexel.
Back row (l to r): JoAnne Jacquette, RN, enrolled in an MSN program at Chestnut Hill College; Joanne Markowitz, RN, enrolled in an MSN program at Gwynedd Mercy; Kathi Reilley, enrolled in an associate of science degree program in nursing at Harcum College; Katrina Hargrove, LPN, enrolled in an associate degree program at Community College of Philadelphia; Erika Keller, CNM, enrolled in an MSN program at Philadelphia University.
Not pictured:
Beth Dailey, RN, enrolled in a BSN program at Temple University.

The Friends of the Foundation contributed $30,000 to the scholarship fund in fiscal year 2006-2007


Photo by Arthur Ryan

Dr. Divo Messori and Susan Hansen, Executive Director and CEO, at the 2006 reception for Elissa Messori Jacobsen Scholarship winners.

 



Photo by Arthur Ryan


From left: Anna Grasela, scholarship winner; Beth Dailey, scholarship winner; Dr. Divo Messori, father of Elissa Messori Jacobsen and founder of the scholarship fund; Susan Hansen, Executive Director and CEO; Tine Hansen-Turton, Scholarship Committee chairman; Katrina Hargrove, scholarship winner, and Gina Genesio, scholarship winner.




 


Photo by Arthur Ryan

From left: nurses Beth Dailey and Anna Grasela, both Elissa Messori Jacobsen scholarship winners, join Beth Thorp; a member of the Friends, Dr. Divo Messori; father of Elissa Messori and founder of the scholarship fund; Susan Hansen, Executive Director and CEO of the Foundation; Tine Hansen-Turton, chairman of the scholarship committee; Betsy Whiteside, Jean Alsentzer, Marjorie Pearson and Joyce Shumaker, members of the Friends; and Gina Genesio and Katrina Hargrove, also nurses and scholarship winners.

 


Photo by Jimmy J. Pack, Jr.

2005: Susan M. Hansen, Executive Director and CEO, Chestnut Hill Health Care Foundation (left) and Dr. Divo Messori, Lower Gwynedd, (right) congratulate Tracy May, a nurse in the Labor and Delivery unit at Chestnut Hill Hospital on receiving a scholarship from the Elissa Messori Jacobsen Memorial Scholarship Fund. Tracy is in graduate school at Temple University.


 




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