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CentraState’s Medical Explorers Program selected as New Jersey State Governor’s Jefferson Award honoree

Cheryl Anne Craig, BSN, MA, RN, administrative director, Behavioral Health Services, CentraState, and committee member and presenter, Medical Explorers Program, left to right; Maryellen Dykeman, RN, MSN, CCE, TDTS, manager, Community Wellness, CentraState, and co-chair, Medical Explorers Program; Barbara Yuhas, MSN, RN-BC, NE-BC, director, Nursing Medical Surgical Division, CentraState, and co-chair, Medical Explorers Program; and Nanette D. Spedden, MS, director, Volunteer & Guest Services, CentraState, and co-chair, Medical Explorers Program, were presented with the 2019 New Jersey State Governor’s Jefferson Award Certificate for Public Service in recognition of their extraordinary service to their communities. 

CentraState Healthcare System’s community outreach student Medical Explorers Program has been selected as a 2019 New Jersey State Governor’s Jefferson Award honoree in the Volunteer Program/Group category.

Each year, the New Jersey State Governor’s Jefferson Awards highlight the spirit of civic engagement among New Jersey’s 1.8 million volunteers and provide medals in 22 categories of volunteer service.

CentraState’s Medical Explorers Program, offered in partnership with the Boys Scouts of America, is a co-ed program that gives high school students ages 14-20 the opportunity to explore a variety of careers in the health care field through interactive learning with medical professionals, hands-on workshops and activities, and hospital tours.

The program has made a difference in 341 young lives since its inception in 2015.

“We are delighted to be lauded for our work with the youth in our communities and helping them to learn about the various roles in health care,” said Maryellen Dykeman, manager of Community Wellness for CentraState Healthcare System. “It’s rewarding to see them take such interest in a field where you help others and determine if a career in the medical field may be in their future.”

Jefferson Award honorees, including CentraState’s Medical Explorers Program committee chairpersons Dykeman, Nanette Spedden and Barbara Yuhas, were recognized at a ceremony on May 19 at the War Memorial/Patriot Theater in Trenton, and received a Jefferson Award lapel pin and certificate of recognition.

For more information about the Medical Explorers Program at CentraState, call 732-308-0570 or visit centrastate.com/volunteer.


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