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(Brienne Green – Daily Press)

Artesia General Hospital administrators, board members and employees pause for a photo Wednesday morning at the hospital during a presentation of scholarship money by the Artesia General Hospital Fund. The fund offers hospital employees the opportunity to continue their educations in order to increase the level of expertise offered to the community by its hospital. Coordinator Joe Schiel says the scholarship program has been in effect now for around a decade. Pictured are, seated from left, Lisa Ostiguy, senior care; Queena Mitcham, CMA – clinics; Curtis Steelman, information technology; Marlene Luna, orthopedic clinic; Brenna Reid, orthopedic clinic; Caitlyn Rusk, clinics; Brandi Ford, RN, employee health/infection control; standing from left, Angela Houston, RN, emergency services; Schiel, Ph.D., scholarship coordinator; Jason Hessler, governing board president; Krista Matthews, RN, emergency services; David Grousnick, Mike Deans and Johnny Knorr, governing board members; and Bob Tyk, interim CEO/CFO. Not pictured are Kary Angell, RN, surgical services; Jennifer Blank, CNA, surgical services; and Elizabeth McKibben, RN, surgical      services.