Good Samaritan Medical Center Awards Scholarships to Florida Atlantic University Nursing Students 
Tuesday, 18 October 2005 

Students Will Work at Hospital for Credit Toward FAU’s Accelerated BSN Program

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – (October 18), 2005 – Good Samaritan Medical Center has awarded scholarships to two Florida Atlantic University (FAU) nursing students: Caroline Sambinano and Desiree Layman, both residents of West Palm Beach.  The students are enrolled in the university’s Accelerated BSN Program, which began this summer and will continue through the fall and spring semesters.

“We truly value our nurses for the hard work and compassion they bring every day to our hospital,” said Good Samaritan Medical Center CEO Paul Echelard.  “By contributing financially and academically to the education of future nurses, we hope to ensure high quality service to the community for years to come.”

In addition to academic coursework, Sambinano and Layman will earn credits through nursing practice hours at St. Mary’s Medical Center and Good Samaritan Medical Center.  The students must fulfill 20 hours per week during the summer semester and 26-30 hours for fall and spring semesters.

“Our program allows nursing students to step out of the classroom and into an actual hospital setting,” said Chief Nursing Officer Andi Brenn.  “Practice hours at Good Samaritan Medical Center give students the real-life experiences they need to become efficient, successful nurses.”

Good Samaritan Medical Center, part of Tenet South Florida, is a 341-bed acute care hospital located at 1309 No. Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach.  In 2005, the hospital proudly celebrates its 85th anniversary of service to Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast. In addition to general medical services, Good Samaritan offers a broad range of specialty services, including oncology, orthopedics, obstetrics and cardiac medicine.  The hospital provides cancer services in the Helen and Harry Gray Cancer Institute, featuring the Miles M. Zisson Comprehensive Breast Center and the Ruth C. Heede Gamma Knife Center.  The hospital also offers the Walter Newbern Suites, an all-private, upscale unit that combines quality medical care with personal comfort. Good Samaritan is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency.  To learn more about Good Samaritan Medical Center, visit or contact us at 561-655-5511.