Sky Ridge Medical Center Announces Student Scholarship Winners

Lone Tree, Colorado, May 30, 2021 – ( – Sky Ridge Medical Center has recognized volunteer students pursuing college degrees and careers in health care with its Sky Ridge Student Scholarship for the second year. The $ 5,000 scholarships were awarded to four seniors based on their seniority and commitment as student volunteers at Sky Ridge, an average of 3.5+ GPA and evidence of strong interest for a future career in the field of health.

The 2021 scholarship recipients are:

Taylor Sabato of Arapahoe High School, attending University of Georgia
Reese Titensor of Rock Canyon High School, attending University of Florida
Abigail Holbrook of Arapahoe High School, attending Ohio University

Madison Merritt of Rock Canyon High School, attending Baylor University

“These students have dedicated over 2,100 hours throughout their high school careers and have taken on impressive leadership roles in our program. I was impressed with their passion for healthcare and their desire to excel in our industry, ”said John Penn, director of volunteers at Sky Ridge Medical Center.

Taylor joined Sky Ridge’s student volunteer program as an 8th grade and has since rotated through seven departments. She quickly became the primary trainer for volunteers at the NICU and the pediatric emergency department.

Taylor shared her experience saying, “I started volunteering at Sky Ridge Medical Center with little idea of ​​what I wanted to do in my future. Almost immediately, I realized that a future in healthcare was mine and my position at Sky Ridge led me to discover my passion for emergency medicine.

Reese started volunteering as a recruit and has been with the program for over three years. She has rotated in six departments and has been the primary trainer at the Medicine / Surgery, Oncology and Primary Preoperative and PACU levels.

As part of Reese’s future career plans, she said, “In college I want to work in a research lab and in my professional life I want to conduct clinical trial research and become an orthopedic surgeon. I have a strong passion for this career and I know that no matter if my life follows this plan or not, helping others in a career in the health field brings me happiness and it is something that I want. do for the rest of my life.

Abigail started volunteering in grade 8. She rotated through six departments and spent a significant amount of time in our preoperative, PACU and surgery waiting room. This year, she was chosen to start a new volunteer support role with Respiratory Therapy.

Abigail shared her experience: “My favorite activity at Sky Ridge is without a doubt the viewing opportunities, especially the observation of surgeries. These observations have taught me a lot about a variety of careers and opportunities available in a hospital and in the medical field – more than any job description or brochure could. Watching Dr. James he knew I liked the concept of surgery and really enjoyed being in the operating room, he walked me through every step of two procedures. I learned more than I could have imagined from these two observational experiences, but I also had a lot of fun with the technicians, nurses and surgeons I was able to meet.

Madison started volunteering in her first year and has rotated in five departments. She has been our main trainer in our medical floor for almost a year and has been trained in Pre-OP and PACU. With her journalism background and strong interest in cardiology, she has authored over 40 pages of clinical trials drawn from her experience at Cardiac Cath Lab.

Madison spoke of her future career plans, saying, “Right now I plan to be an interventional cardiologist or acute care nurse with a doctorate in nursing practice and a focus in cardiology. I know I want to work in a hospital because while volunteering at Sky Ridge I absolutely fell in love with the hospital environment.

“The Sky Ridge Student Volunteer Program provides our youth with hands-on experience and the opportunity to learn about the many facets of healthcare,” said Kirk McCarty, CEO of Sky Ridge Medical Center. “These students have an inspiring motivation and it has been such an honor to know them and to play a small part in their bright future.”

Sky Ridge Medical Center, the first hospital to open in Douglas County in 2003, is a Level II trauma center and acute care hospital with 284 licensed beds. A member of the HealthONE network, Sky Ridge is a destination hospital renowned for its clinical excellence and world-class services offering compassionate care through patient-centered programs such as a comprehensive cancer center, emergency services for adults and pediatrics, an award-winning birth. State-of-the-art location and center of spinal and total articulation

The continental division of HCA Healthcare, which includes HealthONE and Sky Ridge, was named the first major hospital system in the United States by IBM Watson Health as part of the Top 15 Healthcare Systems recognition process. And, as the # 7 corporate philanthropist in Metro Denver and the only hospital system in the top 10, HealthONE contributed over $ 1.6 million in 2019 and supports over 150 organizations through cash and in-kind donations. Additional information is available at

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