The scholarship was named for beloved NHRMC team member Marlene Sigler who passed away from multiple myeloma. The award is given to any healthcare professional practicing in the area of cardiovascular care and enrolled in a higher education program. Additionally, the individual must share Marlene's characteristics of commitment to cardiovascular care, leadership, mentoring, teamwork and dedication to community service.
Larry has committed the past 15 years of his nursing career to cardiac surgery. His role as coordinator of all cardiac surgical services enabled him to develop a robust Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) program which improves patient outcomes through a comprehensive option to support and allow the healing of the most acutely ill heart patients, while focusing on improved quality-based education and care for patients, families, and staff.
Additionally, he facilitated and collaborated with a multidisciplinary group for the development and implementation of quality improvements throughout cardiac surgical services. The programs provide a better care pathway proven to reduce post-operative pain, complications, length of stay and readmissions.
“Larry is a highly motivated leader for NHRMC. He continues to seek more from what he can do for our organization,” said Grant Rush, Administrator of Surgical Services. “He has helped to build our vascular program based on the successes he has had with our cardiovascular service line.”
Recognizing his desire to have a greater influence on the care and outcome of open heart surgical patients, Larry’s goal is to expand his education by obtaining a Master of Science degree in Health Administration.