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Planters Fall Luncheon 2019: Inspiring nurses and the amazing Lee Woodruff

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Morton Plant Mease Health Care Foundation held its annual Planters Fall Luncheon at Opal Sands Resort on October 16. The inspiring event featured the presentation of 15 Lois Odence Nursing Scholarships and a special guest speaker, author Lee Woodruff. The purpose of Planters membership is to provide supplemental financial support to Morton Plant Mease nursing students. Since its inception, $270,000 has been awarded to over 140 nursing students, helping to alleviate the financial pressures of working and attending nursing school.

Nurses Shawn Conrad (Bardmoor Hospital) and Mingzi Bian (Mease Countryside) will use their scholarships to help fund their studies at the SPC Health Education Center.

Scholarship recipient Hannah Kruedelbach, a patient care tech at Morton Plant’s Morgan Heart Hospital, with her fiance, Eric Fisher, a nurse at Morton Plant. Hannah will use her scholarship to help with tuition at the Galen College of Nursing.

Lee Woodruff spoke with disarming candor and wit about her journey as wife, mother and caregiver after her husband, ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff, was critically injured by a roadside bomb in Iraq. 

Planters Committee Chair Ruth duPont, daughter of Lois Odence, speaks at the luncheon.

Some of the scholarship winners w. Ruth duPont.

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