Long-Time CMHS Nurses Receive Rayman Scholarships

Scholarship season continues at Community Memorial Health System with the announcement of the first inaugural Holly Rayman Nursing Scholarship recipients, Maria “Lupe” Vaca and Fiona Shaffer.  Both women are veteran members of the CMHS team who have demonstrated a true passion for nursing, a commitment to the health system, and are taking their educations to the next level.

Maria “Lupe” Vaca has worked as an RN on the 6th floor for 17 years and is passionate about Oncology nursing.  In 2014, she received a certificate of recognition from the Community Memorial Hospital Physicians for her support of the Sound Hospital Team, and in 2015 she was an American Cancer Society Oncology Nurse Honoree.  Lupe is pursuing her BSN through the University of Phoenix.

Fiona Shaffer paid many childhood visits to Community Memorial Hospital to see her grandmother who was a ward clerk on the 5th and 6th floors.  As a child, Fiona thought her grandmother was a nurse and wanted to be just like her.  For the last 16 years she’s done just that; spending her first six years as an RN on CMH’s 4th floor and the last ten years as a key member of the Labor and Delivery team.  Fiona is currently enrolled at Grand Canyon University where she is working to complete her Baccalaureate degree.

(L to R) Emilie and Myron Rayman presented Lupe Vaca and Fiona Shaffer with their scholarships.  Cynthia Fahey and Gary Wilde also attended the presentation.  Please join us in congratulating Lupe and Fiona and thanking them for their dedication to CMHS!