January 15, 2018
For Immediate Release
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To continue its commitment to the future of healthcare, the DeKalb Medical Foundation recently awarded $11,500 to four nursing students through the Dr. W. Mark Coppage Scholarship Fund.
The 2017 Coppage Scholar is Stepheno Zollos of Emory University. Runners up wereAlondra Gonzalez from Georgia Baptist College of Nursing; Kaitlyn Ray of Georgia College and State University; and Jacob Lynn of Georgia State University (all are pictured from left to right).
As an anesthesiologist at DeKalb Medical, Dr. W. Mark Coppage knew the value of a talented nurse. Today his legacy helps to award the best and brightest future nurses. For more than two decades, the Dr. W. Mark Coppage Fund, named in memory of the beloved physician who died in a car accident in 1989, has supported the education of nursing students who demonstrate leadership, compassion and empathy for those they serve. Since 1993, the Coppage Scholarship program has given more than $402,000 to 159 nursing students who embody Dr. Coppage’s kind and gentle bedside manner and immeasurable respect for patients and families facing illness and injury.
“We are so proud to recognize these incredible nursing students,” said Dee Keeton, RN, Chair of the Scholarship Committee of the Foundation Board of Trustees. “We are honored to help them fulfill their dreams to make a difference in the lives of many patients and families—and we are excited to be a part of their journey.”
“These students are representative of everything Dr. Coppage embodied in his work,” said Elisabeth Nark, Executive Director of the DeKalb Medical Foundation. “We are so pleased to help continue his legacy in the healthcare industry.”
An anonymous donor established the Dr. Mark Coppage Nursing Scholarship Fund to sustain his memory and the remarkable principles for which he stood. Each year, the family of Dr. Coppage matches the donations, dollar-for-dollar, that are made to the scholarship fund in order to make an impact in the field of nursing.
About DeKalb Medical:
DeKalb Medical is a not-for-profit health system consisting of three hospital campuses (DeKalb Medical at North Decatur, DeKalb Medical Long-term Acute Care at Downtown Decatur, and DeKalb Medical at Hillandale), as well as 50 DeKalb Medical Physician Group offices and 158 multi-specialty providers in DeKalb and Gwinnett counties. Its medical staff includes more than 800 doctors in 55 specialties. In 2017, Atlanta Magazine named 94 DeKalb Medical physicians as “Top Doctors.”
Founded in 1961, DeKalb Medical is an integral member of the community, offering a variety of premier services, including joint replacement, surgical weight loss, mammography, cancer treatment, heartburn solutions, Georgia’s only certified medical fitness center and more. The Maternity Center is the first in Georgia to receive the international “Baby-Friendly” hospital designation. DeKalb Medical is also a certified Primary Stroke Center. To learn more about DeKalb Medical, please visit our website: www.dekalbmedical.org.