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Sequoia Hospital Foundation

Image of Gloria KennettIn 1983, Gloria Kennett and her husband, William Kennett, M.D., were among those who first helped launch the Sequoia Hospital Foundation.  Dr. Kennett, a long-time, beloved obstetrician, helped deliver more than 6,000 babies in Sequoia Hospital’s Birth Center. Together he and Gloria and their friends wanted to establish an organization with the mission to raise support from the community for the hospital’s life-saving programs.

When Dr. Kennett passed away in 2004, Gloria worked closely with the Foundation to establish the Dr. William Kennett Memorial Nursing Scholarship. The scholarship was created to honor Dr. Kennett’s passion for “family-oriented” care and to support student nurses in the Sequoia Hospital/San Francisco State University Bachelor of Science Nursing program at Cañada College, many of whom come to nursing as a second career. In the program’s first year, a single $12,500 scholarship was awarded to a former Army medic pursuing his own career in nursing.

Over the years, the scholarship program has grown and Gloria Kennett, having recently completed a term as Chairperson of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, including presiding over the celebration of the opening of the hospital’s new Pavilion, still oversees every aspect.  In May of 2015, the Dr. William Kennett Memorial Nursing Scholarship Program awarded its 75th scholarship, granting $75,000 in awards this year.  Overall, the program has awarded more than three quarters of a million dollars since 2005.

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