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Legacy of Long-time Nurse Lives on in Scholarships June 1, 2011

June 1, 2011
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Rebecca Sylvester, Communications Manager

Legacy of Long-time Nurse Will Live on in Scholarships

From left: Betty Duncan, Nettie Hillmon estate representative; Page Bailey, University Nurse Alumnae Association President; Laurie Ott, University Health Care Foundation President.

Augusta, GA - The estate of former University Hospital Nurse Nettie Hillmon presented $17,000 last week to the University Health Care Foundation Nurse Alumnae Endowment to help fund nursing scholarships.

Mrs. Hillmon was raised in an orphanage in York, S.C. She graduated from Winthrop and taught school for two years. She then attended the Barrett School of Nursing at University Hospital. She graduated in 1930 and went on to become a registered nurse. She served in the military during World War II and retired as a Lieutenant. Mrs. Hillmon came back to University and worked with a young Dr. W.G. "Curly" Watson. She passed away in 2009 at the age of 103.

"Mrs. Hillmon wanted to support University Hospital and nursing education to help continue University's long tradition of having the best nurses in the region," explained Laurie Ott, President of University Health Care Foundation. "Mrs. Hillmon's support of University Hospital and our Nurse Alumnae Endowment means her legacy will continue to pay dividends for years to come. We hold Mrs. Hillmon up as a role model for her service to her country, her community and her patients. We recognize her legacy of compassion, kindness and generosity."

Betty Duncan, Mrs. Hillmon's caretaker, presented the gift on her behalf at the spring meeting of the Nurse Alumnae Association. For more information about the Foundation's Nurse Alumnae Endowment or other giving opportunities, call University Health Care Foundation at 706.667-0030.


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