PARK RAPIDS, MN (May 28, 2019) – In May, CHI St. Joseph’s Health awarded $20,250 in scholarships to 21 students in the Park Rapids, Nevis, Menahga, Sebeka, Laporte and Walker/Akeley/Hackensack communities.

The goal of our scholarship program is to help area students who are pursuing healthcare careers and have an interest in rural healthcare. It is our hope that these future healthcare providers will choose to return to our area to serve our future patients.

Our scholarship program is funded through our annual Gathering on the Greens Golf Benefit, which benefits both Foundation and Hospice Care. These funds are combined with generous donations from CHI St. Joseph’s Health employees and memorials honoring Brian Koria and Laurie Hohnstadt. Laurie was a nurse at CHI St. Joseph’s Health and Brian was a Health Unit Coordinator/Nursing Assistant in the Emergency Department. This year’s recipients are…

Laurie Hohnstadt Scholarship – $750
Veronica Gauthier, Park Rapids Area High School

Brian Koria Scholarship – $750
Julia Renner, Park Rapids Area High School
Whitney Steffel, Park Rapids Area High School

Graduating Senior Scholarship – $1,000
Megan Hendrickson, Menahga High School
Julianne Hillukka, Menahga High School
Sadie Jackola, Menahga High School
Nicole Nelson, Nevis High School
Cade Pederson, Walker-Hackensack Akeley High School
Rhiannon Roth, Menahga High School
Helena Skadberg, Park Rapids Area High School
Melissa Trout, Menahga High School
Olivia Ulvin, Park Rapids Area High School

Second Year & Beyond Scholarship – $1,000
Matthew Benson, Park Rapids Area High School
Mary Gray, Nevis High School
Kjera Gustafson, Nevis High School
Maya Johnson, Park Rapids Area High School
Kiefer Miller, Nevis High School
Tayah Otterness, Park Rapids Area High School
Taylor Sagen, Walker-Hackensack Akeley High School
Andrew Sauser, Nevis High School
Casey Wold, Nevis High School

About CHI St. Joseph’s Health

CHI St. Joseph’s Health is a 25-bed critical access hospital serving communities in Hubbard, Becker, Cass and Wadena Counties since 1946. In recent years, CHI St. Joseph’s Health’s award-winning teams received several national honors including: The Joint Commission Top Performer on Key Quality Measures in surgery: Top 100 Critical Access Hospital, HealthStrong; WomenCertified’s America’s Best Hospitals Women’s Choice Award in obstetrics; and the Studer Group Fire Starter Healthcare Organization of the Month among other national, regional and state recognitions.

About CHI

Catholic Health Initiatives, a nonprofit, faith-based health system formed in 1996 through the consolidation of four Catholic health systems, expresses its mission each day by creating and nurturing healthy communities in the hundreds of sites across the nation where we provide care. The nation’s third largest nonprofit health system, Englewood, Colorado-based CHI operates in 18 states and comprises 103 hospitals, including four academic health centers and major teaching hospitals as well as 30 criticalaccess facilities; community health-services organizations; accredited nursing colleges; home-health  agencies; living communities; and other facilities and services that span the inpatient and outpatient continuum of care. In fiscal year 2015, CHI provided almost $970 million in charity care and community benefit – an 8% increase over the previous year — for programs and services for the poor, free clinics, education and research. Charity care and community benefit totaled more than $1.6 billion with the inclusion of the unpaid costs of Medicare. The health system, which generated operating revenues of $15.2 billion in fiscal year 2015, has total assets of approximately $23 billion. Learn more at

Contact: Sonja Day
Communication/Marketing Manager
CHI St. Joseph’s Health
600 Pleasant Avenue
Park Rapids, MN 56470