Bailey Matteson receives Dr. Lovell Award

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – Bailey Matteson, Black River High School Class of 2017 from Ludlow, Vt., is the seventh recipient of the Dr. E. Sherburne Lovell Health Career Award. This award contributes $1,000 annually toward a student’s academic pursuit of a career in health care. It is funded by the proceeds of the Apple Blossom Cotillion, a project of the Development Office of Springfield Medical Care Systems.

Dr. Lovell was a long-time physician at Springfield Hospital. His daughters, Melissa Post and the late Elizabeth David, stated, “While he was a man who never sought recognition for his service in the medical field or in the community, we know he would be honored to have this award named in his memory. We hope recipients of the award will share the same sense of wonder and fascination with the world of medicine that he did.”

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Bailey Matteson receives Dr. Lovell award from Tonia Fleming of Springfield Medical Care Systems and Beth Brothers of Southern Vermont AHEC. Joining Bailey is her family, including her mother, April Worden, and her grandmother, Cindy Wooten, who are both nurses at Springfield Hospital.

Bailey will be a health science major at Franklin Pierce University in the fall. She became interested in a career in health care when she attended the Southern Vermont Area Health Education Center (AHEC) MedQuest and Advanced MedQuest programs. Bailey’s long-term plan is to complete college with a nursing degree and hopefully work in Vermont. Bailey’s mother and grandmother are both nurses who work together in the operating room at Springfield Hospital. They are currently the only mother-daughter team in Vermont and Bailey would love to join them as a third-generation operating room nurse.

To be eligible for the award, students must live in one of the towns served by Springfield Medical Care Systems and attend AHEC’s MedQuest program. Application information for the Dr. E. Sherburne Lovell Health Career Award is available by contacting Southern Vermont AHEC at 802-885-2126 or info@svahec.org.

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