Goldfarb School of Nursing presents two prestigious annual awards to honor alumni and recognize their contributions to healthcare in nursing practice, nursing research, health policy, nursing education or nursing administration: the Distinguished Alumni Award and the Young Alumni Award.
The following list is to keep our alumni community informed of fellow classmates' professional updates, publications and awards. Alumni accomplishments are listed by graduation decade. Please share your accomplishments for future alumni e-newsletters by sending them to [email protected] or by filling out the Contact Us form and select "Submit a class note."
May 2, 1931 – March 2, 2012
Jewish Hospital School of Nursing Class of ’58
Distinguished Alumni ’89
Eloise DeLap believed that being a dedicated nurse was “the most important thing in the world.” Eloise retired in 1991, after 35 years in nursing education devoted to Jewish Hospital, but she remained passionate about the direction she chose as a young girl in West Frankfort, Illinois.
Each year following her retirement, Eloise still sent a gift to the scholarship fund endowed in her name. “That was the biggest honor I’ve ever had,” said Eloise. It was not the only honor ever bestowed upon her. She also received the Distinguished Alumni Award and Jewish Hospital’s Meritorious Service Award.
Former classmates and friends remember her single-minded commitment to nursing and teaching, in her own career path and those of students. “She was so supportive of everyone in our class,” says Linda Kalkbrenner, class of 1958. “We saw her as the person we could go to for answers.”
Another college friend, Barbara Helmer, class of 1959, fondly recalls the camaraderie between nursing, medical and dental students. “Those were wonderful times—the students were her life,” recalls Helmer. “She lived and breathed teaching at that school.”
Eloise was a self-described “avid” person regarding education, especially in nursing. “I don’t think any person could possibly choose a better career.” Her advice to students: “You need to be compassionate, listen and learn, and be kind to your patients. It’s more than a job—you have the life of people resting in your hands.”
Her hands touched the lives of more than 2,400 students through the years, as she supervised them on the Medical/Surgery floor at Jewish Hospital and imparted experience in the classroom at the Jewish College of Nursing. “Everybody liked Eloise as an instructor,” says Brenda Ernst, former Executive Vice President of Nursing at Jewish Hospital. “She was so loyal—you rarely see that.” Ernst also credits DeLap with re-energizing the nursing school’s alumni association, where she served as president from 1969 to 1971 and from 1984 to 1988.
Eloise urged all alumni and professional colleagues to join her in opening the world of nursing to promising students who need financial assistance, as she needed throughout her own education. “It took me a lot longer to finish my BSN and my Masters because I worked all the way through and took a few classes at a time—so I understand the importance of supporting students and teachers in gaining higher knowledge.”
You can establish a named, endowed nursing scholarship or enrich a general nursing scholarship fund through a planned estate gift to Barnes-Jewish Hospital Foundation.
Carolynn Ingerson Hoffman, Jewish ’66
Alumna, Carolynn Ingerson Hoffman, Shares Her Caring Spirit
On November 2, 2011, Carolynn Hoffman opened her home to friends, family, student nurses and even Channel 5 news in support of the cause “Soldiers Wrap.” Ms. Hoffman founded this group in 2004 wanting to do something for the troops who were not able to spend the holidays with loved ones. It began with a few stockings and has since grown to over 200 boxes that include gifts of toiletries, books and snacks.
With only one day to fill, wrap and package 200 gifts, Ms. Hoffman extended an invitation to nursing students at Barnes-Jewish College. With a break in their schedule, Goldfarb nursing students Amanda Timpe, Kelsey Birza, Mystery Hahn and Chuck Krone joined dozens of other volunteers at the home of Ms. Hoffman and spent several hours participating in the cause.
“The troops over there are away from their friends, away from their families,” said Kari Kopp. “They’re protecting us all night, all day and just to get a little gift from home, you know, something to get in the mail, you know, some candy, some little things. I think it really brightens their day.”
Carolynn Hoffman graduated from Jewish College of Nursing in 1966.
Penny Bari, Barnes ’61 & Brenda Ernst, Jewish ’61
Penny Bari, Barnes Hospital School of Nursing Class of ’61, and Brenda Ernst, Jewish Hospital School of Nursing Class of ’61, are not exaggerating when they say that nursing school was their entire world when they were students.
“All of us were right out of high school, we had to live in the dormitory together, and we weren’t allowed to get married,” recalls Brenda.
“My classmates and I had a weeknight curfew of 9 p.m. unless we were in our clinical training, which consisted of staffing our hospital at night,” says Penny. “There were no registered nurses on staff at those hours, only one or two nurses’ assistants. We students had to learn together how to quickly make judgments. Experience is a huge teacher!”
Making Patient Care Better in St. Louis
After graduation, Brenda went to work at the Jewish Hospital of St. Louis and stayed for 36 years, through its merger into Barnes-Jewish Hospital, until her retirement in 1998. She served 20 of those years as vice-president for nursing.
Penny worked for four years at Barnes Hospital before marrying and taking a break to raise her two sons. After returning to Barnes in 1977, she held many roles, including head nurse in the telemetry and cardiac units, assistant head nurse in the pulmonary intensive care unit and supervisor and clinical director of medical nursing until her retirement in 1999.
A Personal Investment in People
Penny and Brenda believe deeply in supporting scholarships to strengthen the nursing profession. They both were able to attend nursing school because of scholarships, and ultimately, they both earned master’s degrees. Brenda established and continues to support the Brenda Ernst Nursing Education Endowment Fund to help Goldfarb students earn the degrees they need to be quality health care providers of the future.
“If my scholarship can help in any way to recruit new nurses as we face a severe nursing shortage…if I can help one student the way I was helped…that makes me happy,” she says.
Penny supports students in need through the Elizabeth McIntosh Scholarship Fund, which is named in honor of the first director of Barnes Hospital School of Nursing.
“I’ll always remember Elizabeth McIntosh in her starched white uniform and cap,” she says. “I admired her for the way she took a personal interest in each of us. Her inspiration is why I’m committed to supporting the scholarship named for her — it’s a personal investment in people.”
Caring Enough to Make a Difference
Though “retired,” Penny and Brenda are living proof that nursing is a lifelong career.
“I’ve enjoyed remaining active in nursing education as a past member of the Jewish Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association and a current member of the Goldfarb School of Nursing Board of Trustees,” Brenda says.
She also volunteers with the American Association of University Women, an organization that provides women with scholarships.
Penny provides blood pressure screenings at her church, volunteers for a program that screens underserved older adults for osteoporosis and depression and has served as a team nurse on mission trips to Russia and Haiti. She is also a volunteer “patient” for nurse practitioner students at Goldfarb who are learning and practicing new diagnostic skills.
“No matter where life takes me, I will always be a nurse,” Penny says.
Hope for the Future
It is Brenda’s greatest hope that every student who receives her scholarship is as happy and satisfied with nursing as she was.
“I want my students to find their way in life. That’s what I found with my career in nursing,” she says.
As Penny hears from classmates while helping to plan her reunion, she is struck by the diversity of their careers made possible by their nursing education.
“Some are presidents and CEOs of hospitals,” she says. “Some are teachers and nurses who have chosen to stay by the bedside. Every single one demonstrates that our school has a rich heritage that endures. I hope the students who receive the scholarship I support find their nursing careers just as meaningful.”
Click on the video below to hear directly from Penny and Brenda about why it is so important to give scholarships for students at Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College:
To support scholarships at Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College, please contact the Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital by calling 314.286.0600 or e-mail [email protected].
Luke Hubbard, BSN ’09, CRNA ’15
Luke Hubbard spent six years as a sales manager for a paint manufacturing company until he decided he needed a change.
“I liked the people part of sales, but not the selling part of it,” says Luke. So nursing was a natural fit! He completed his associate degree nursing program before moving to St. Louis, where he had been accepted into the one-year accelerated BSN degree program at Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College.
Luke received the Institutional Scholarship and Parkview Scholarship through the Barnes-Jewish Hospital Foundation. These scholarships helped Luke cover the cost of his education. This support allowed him to focus on excelling in the program’s fast-paced, intense coursework. Luke also took an active role in student affairs, first as vice president, then as president of the Student Council.
After graduating, Luke did what Barnes-Jewish Hospital hopes many Goldfarb graduates will do – he joined the nursing team in the cardiac intensive care unit at Barnes-Jewish.
“I chose cardiology because the heart intrigues me,” says Luke. “The heart is basically just a pump with valves and tubes that runs automatically on its own electric current. It’s so simple and so complex at the same time.”
Luke credits Goldfarb for giving him a great foundation of nursing skills and knowledge. “Goldfarb provided me with the clinical experience and classroom education to hit the ground running when I started working at Barnes-Jewish,” he said.
When Jonathan Sadowski came to the Hospital for his heart-kidney transplant—the first ever at Barnes-Jewish Hospital—Luke was one of the nurses that cared for him before the procedure.
“For me, making someone happy by simply taking care of them to the best of my ability is light years ahead of making someone happy by selling them something,” he says. “In the ICU, I see people feeling their worst and it’s always refreshing to be able to transfer someone of our intensive care floor. I always jokingly tell my patients that I hope I never see them again when I transfer them out.”
To support scholarships at Goldfarb School of Nursing, please give to the Barnes-Jewish Hospital Foundation’s Goldfarb School of Nursing Scholarship Fund (#0374) by clicking “Donate Now” above. If you have questions or would like to hear about starting your own scholarship fund or donating to other funds, please call the foundation at 314.362.3499 or e-mail [email protected].
Nancy & Marilee Kuhrik
Alumni Scholars Bring Health Literacy to the Classroom
Sisters Nancy and Marilee Kuhrik have a unique opportunity: sharing their expertise as Siteman Cancer Center patient education coordinators with Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College students, so students learn to see themselves as “patient educators.” Many of their patient education initiatives at Siteman are supported by gifts to the Barnes-Jewish Hospital Foundation.
For health care professionals, patient safety and appropriate treatment rely on the ability to share precise, technical information with each other. But, the same terminology does not necessarily translate well with people undergoing treatment.
“The experience of having cancer or other serious chronic health problems can be overwhelming for patients and their caregivers,” Marilee says. “So the information needs to be presented using plain language. This means health care professionals need to avoid medical terms and use simple vocabulary when teaching patients about tests, medications and other factors related to their care.”
The Kuhriks are doing their part to ensure Goldfarb graduates develop the skills and instincts to toggle back and forth between communication styles. As Goldfarb adjunct faculty, Nancy and Marilee developed curricula for and co-teach a new health literacy elective course for undergraduate students. Health literacy is the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process and understand basic health information and services to make appropriate health care decisions.
“This class introduces a crucial concept for Goldfarb students,” Nancy says. “In fact, it is in alignment with former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Richard Carmona’s call to improve health literacy in the United States.”
In this class, students learn to balance the complex medical information they are learning with an understanding of the difficulties that patients have when interacting with a highly compartmentalized health care system and that it is imperative they are able to communicate with their patients in basic terms. Students also learn that their patients might be among the 90 million adults who lack the functional reading and math skills needed to navigate the United States health care system. Ultimately, Nancy and Marilee help their students recognize that each patient is experiencing a multitude of events in his or her life and that the illness or injury is just one component. Taking all of these factors into consideration helps nursing students better understand what their patients are experiencing and that the way patients receive information could help them stay healthy or even save their lives.
“When our students become RNs, having the knowledge that health literacy helps people to stay healthy will allow them to empower patients to manage their disease and lead better lives,” Nancy says. “And hopefully nurses with whom they work will witness the importance of health literacy during their interactions with our nursing graduates.”
Nancy and Marilee agree that imparting the knowledge they have gained from working with patients within the Barnes-Jewish system for more than 30 years is rewarding. But they have not only shared knowledge during their careers, they have both also given annual charitable gifts to the Barnes-Jewish Hospital Foundation to support scholarship funds for Goldfarb students and funds for the Siteman Cancer Center.
“We both received scholarships and recognize that we would not have been able to complete our degrees and have such success in our careers without the generosity of others,” Marilee says. “Whether it is by financial means or by sharing knowledge and creative talents, giving is part of what the nursing profession must do for the next generation of nurses,” Nancy says.
After taking Kuhriks’s health literacy course, one student, Lauren Karasek, said she was now “confident in her ability to teach patients and make their disease understandable for them.”
Diane Watson, Barnes ’79 & Emily Watson, Goldfarb ’11
Graduate Nurse Returns to the Floor She Grew up On
Diane Watson, Barnes ’79
Emily Watson, Goldfarb ’11
There’s a scrapbook on 10200, a medicine nursing unit at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. In it is a card announcing the birth of the head nurse’s daughter. The photo shows a dark-haired, red-faced newborn.
“That’s me,” says Emily Watson, BSN, to Beth Cotton, the current nurse manager and her boss.
Emily, a recent graduate of Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College, has come full circle — now working on the floor she visited many times as a child, and in retrospect, where it seems she was destined to be.
Her mother, Diane Watson, now manager for patient care information systems at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, began working as a staff nurse at Barnes Hospital after graduating from Barnes College of Nursing.
Diane was hired as the head nurse, known as the “clinical nurse manager” now, for the floor in 1986. In 1989, Emily was born.
“When she was little and I would get called in on the weekends, she’d come in with me and help the unit secretaries with clerical work,” Diane says. “Back then it was a treat to get to go to the cafeteria.”
Emily remembers helping to make copies and scans, and pulling bags of used linens up the hall for the nurses.
Though she always considered nursing as a possible career choice, she never felt particularly destined for it. Diane says she didn’t push Emily toward nursing and let her make her own career choice. In fact, through high school and into her first year of college, she considered a marketing career.
But looking back, she realizes a high school career day played an important role in her decision to choose nursing.
“At career day, I went to see the marketing guy and the nurses,” Emily says. “The marketing guy was dull, and he was kind of boring. But, the nurses were vibrant and a lot of fun.”
Eventually, she realized that nursing would be a better fit than marketing for her talents. After high school, she got a job at Barnes-Jewish as a unit secretary – on 10200. She was hired by Diane Cash-Warren, RN, who had worked as a staff nurse on the floor for Diane Watson.
Later, Emily became a patient care tech, on 10200, of course. The more she worked, the more convinced she became that nursing was right for her.
Helping her mom and working as a unit secretary didn’t prepare her for all aspects of nursing, however. For instance, during morning rounds of her first clinical rotation (which, coincidentally, was on 10200), the instructor and Emily and her fellow students walked into a patient room to be greeted by the patient as he sat on the commode. The patient continued his end of the entire conversation there.
“You don’t see that as the secretary,” she says. “You don’t get that physical interaction.”
But, she soon came to learn that was just part of the job for a nurse.
As a fresh graduate from Barnes-Jewish College who has successfully passed her nursing board exams, Emily is happy to continue on 10200.
“I’ve played a lot of roles on this floor,” she says. “I like the variety of patients we have here. We have a little bit of everything so you get to do more and see more.”
She enjoys the interaction she has with her patients.
“When you’re a tech, you have a lot of patients, so you don’t get to spend as much time with them,” she says. “As a nurse, you don’t have as many, so you get to hear their stories, you get the whole picture and get to find out what’s going on with them (clinically).”
She also likes the sense of teamwork on the floor.
“I really like being able to help my team,” she says. “We all help each other. Everyone pitches in.”
She doesn’t know, yet, whether she’d like to follow in her mother’s footsteps as a nurse manager but thinks she’d like to eventually pursue a clinical specialty.
Meanwhile, Diane Watson is proud to see her daughter working on her old floor.
“As any mom, I am very proud of my kids’ accomplishments, and I am very proud of Emily,” says Diane. “I am bursting with pride.
“She is a very caring and compassionate young woman. I think she is where she needs to be.”
-Story by Kathryn Holleman
- Marlene Rosenkoetter, Barnes class of 1954 Marlene received the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award from the Barnes-Jewish College Alumni Association.
- Barbara Riegel, Jewish class of 1964 Barbara received the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award from the Barnes-Jewish College Alumni Association.
- David Eisenbath, class of 2008 David serves as Chief CRNA for the Washington University School of Medicine Anesthesiology Department.
- Sarah Perez, class of 2007 Sara received the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award from the Barnes-Jewish College Alumni Association. Sarah was also a nominee for the March of Dimes Excellence in Nursing Award in November 2013.
- Brian Torres, class of 2010 Brian published his article on “5-HT3 Receptor Antagonism following Suspected Bone Cement Implantation syndrome” in the ISJNA September 2013 issue, pp 18-22.
- Sarah Perez, CRNA, MSN, class of 2007, and Ilene Ottmer, CRNA, MSN, class of 2007 Sarah and Ilene serve on the Editorial Board for the International Student Journal of Nurse Anesthesia
- Michael Rybak, CRNA, MSN, ANC, USAR, class of 2006 Stephanie Fan, CRNA, MSN, class of 2008 Shelli (Meers) Collins, CRNA, MSN, class of 2009 Amy Antalick, CRNA, MSN, class of 2011 Michael, Stephanie, Shelli and Amy serve as reviewers for the International Student Journal of Nurse Anesthesia.
Distinguished Alumni Award
Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College wishes to acknowledge the personal, professional and community contributions of its alumni. The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented in recognition of exemplary dedication to the profession of nursing to individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to nursing education, research and service.
Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients
Susan Grinslade, PhD, RN, PHN-CS, BC, Barnes 1969
Mary Masters, RN, CNOR, Barnes 1958
Ruth Welborn, PhD, RN, Jewish 1963
Mildred ‘Milli’ (Moore) Yium, Barnes 1962
Colleen Gilmore, Barnes 1985, Goldfarb 2009
Patricia (Steen) Eckart, Barnes 1958
Jeremy Nelson, Goldfarb 2012
Carrie Jeffries, Jewish, 1994 & 1996
Tamara Otey, Jewish, 1984
Olive Gray-Emmert Coe, Jewish, 1944
Margaret Stark Wilker Fincham, Barnes, 1959
Barbara Riegel, Jewish, 1974
Marlene Rosenkoetter, Barnes, 1964
Sarah Perez, Goldfarb, 2008
Rita Horwitz, Jewish, 1953
Jane Dunn, Barnes, 1961
Suping Bao, Barnes-Jewish, 2005; Barnes-Jewish 2006; Goldfarb, 2010 & Goldfarb, 2013
Margaret Fowler, Jewish, 1977
Laure Ochoa, Barnes, 1983 & Jewish, 1998
Sandra Williams, Barnes, 1975
Lee Bohm, Jewish, 1949
Sandra Brickman, Jewish, 1960
Holly Diesel, Barnes, 1982
Nancy Kuhrik, Jewish, 1968
Shelli Meers, Goldfarb, 2009
Michael Ward, Jewish, 1976
Jeanne Zack, Barnes, 1980
Charlye Hinton Parrish, Barnes, 1966
Janice Taylor Cataldi, Barnes, 1983
Shirley Shaw Kipp, Barnes, 1975
Sandra Nesslein Vasquez (Dufay), Jewish, 1959
Lynda Simmons Crowell, Barnes, 1962
Helen Miner, Jewish, 1967
Marilee Kuhrik, Barnes, 1969
Zella Mason Harrington, Jewish, 1960
Rita Selby, Barnes, 1975
Sandra Summer, Barnes, 1984
Karen Crites Hendrickson, Barnes, 1963
Carolynn Ingerson Hoffman, Jewish, 1966
Linda Grossglauser, Barnes, 1973
Marge Muser Phillips, Jewish, 1959
Cathy Novitskie Pool, Jewish, 1968
Donna Smith-Pupillo, Barnes, 1984
Kathleen Hoover, Barnes, 1990
Brenda Rhoton Ernst, Jewish, 1961
Kathy Kater, Barnes, 1969
Kathleen Simpson, Barnes, 1991
Carol Spengler, Jewish, 1961
Linda Heitman, Barnes, 1973
Janice Peanick-Taylor, Barnes, 1983
Barbara Moore Soule, Jewish, 1963
Sherlyn Hailstone, Barnes, 1973
Emily Gottenstroeter Huber, Jewish, 1945
Eloise DeLap, Jewish, 1958
Gloria Metzger, Barnes, 1958
Patricia Potter, Barnes, 1970
Marilynn Wolf Anderson, Barnes, 1961
Floyce Moore Scherrer, Barnes, 1960
Marlene Hartmann, Barnes, 1968
Margie Wolcott May, Jewish, 1936
Young Alumni Award
The Young Alumni Award is presented in recognition of exemplary dedication to the profession of nursing to individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to nursing education, research and/or service in the first 10 years of their nursing career post-baccalaureate.
Alumni Awards Nomination Process
Candidates may be nominated year round. The Alumni Council will review all completed nomination packets and base their decision upon the content included. The decision on award recipients is subject to final approval by the dean of the college.
Who Can Be Nominated
In order to be nominated for an alumni award, nominees must meet the following requirements:
- Be a living graduate of Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College or a legacy school
- Be available to attend the award ceremony
- Not be a current member of the Board of Trustees or Alumni Advisory Council
- Made outstanding contributions to the discipline of nursing
- Demonstrated by his/her actions the importance of a nursing education
- Participate in professional and community activities
- Demonstrated excellence in care by going above and beyond the basic standards of care as endorsed by patients, team members, ancillary staff and community in which the alumni serves
Additionally, the Distinguished Alumni Award nominees must have graduated at least 10 years ago.
The Young Alumni Award nominees must be in their first 10 years of their nursing career post-baccalaureate as well as meet a minimum of four (4) of the following attributes:
- Received one or more Daisy nominations or equivalent professional organization recognition for excellence in patient care
- Achieved Professional Nurse Development Program (PNDP) status or professional organization equivalent
- Engaged in research effort outside their daily job description
- Engaged in professional organization committee, leadership position preferred
- Implemented a new and/or improved evidence-based practice with notable outcomes for either their interdisciplinary work team and/or patient care
- Be pursuing additional education, certification, or advanced degree
- Be an active preceptor in their nursing discipline
- Be a volunteer within the organization and/or community a minimum of 100+ hours annually
- A “Wild Card,” which is an initiative, participation, collaboration, or engagement that positively impacts the field of nursing, medicine, organization or community
How to Nominate
Nominations may be submitted by alumni, faculty, staff, students, family and administrators and are accepted throughout the year. All nomination packets must include the following:
- Completed nomination form
- A letter of nomination explaining why the nominee meets the qualifications
- Other details or pertinent data that might prove helpful in supporting the nomination
Complete the form below and send additional materials needed to June Cowell-Oates at [email protected].
Items must be received by June 26 via email to Dr. Cowell-Oates at [email protected] or mail the packet to:
Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College
Attn: June Cowell-Oates
4483 Duncan Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63110
Alumni Awards Nomination Form
To nominate an alum for this award, please submit a nomination form. If you have any questions, please email Dr. June Cowell-Oates or call her at 314.454.8694.