Family Establishes FHN Shari Murphy Nursing Scholarship To Help Future Nurses

FREEPORT, Ill.,  — The family of the late Shari Murphy has established a scholarship in her honor to help future nurses get their education and achieve their goals.

Shari Murphy cared for patients as a nurse at FHN Memorial Hospital for 10 years. She died in 2016, and her husband, Brian, established the scholarship to honor her dedication to helping others.

The Shari Murphy Nursing Scholarship will augment the salaries of FHN nurses holding CNA certification who voluntarily cut their hours back to go to nursing school and earn their RN. One recipient will be chosen each year for the next decade.

“The current nationwide nursing shortage has had an impact on nearly all clinical departments at FHN Memorial Hospital and supporting offices,” said FHN Chief Nursing Officer Kathryn Martinez, RN. “Helping our own CNAs to continue their education has been very successful, and we’re so grateful to Shari’s family for helping us continue this program.”

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FHN, a not-for-profit organization with nearly 1,400 employees, is an award-winning regional healthcare system committed to the health and well-being of the people of northwest Illinois and southern Wisconsin. FHN Memorial Hospital has been recognized as one of the state’s top hospitals for safety by the Leapfrog group and Healthgrades as well as by the world’s largest, completely independent, non-profit product- and service-testing organization. FHN caregivers serve an average of 1,500 people each day across FHN’s 22 locations in 5 counties spanning northwest Illinois. Organized in 1995 as an integrated healthcare delivery system, FHN is comprised of FHN Memorial Hospital, the Leonard C. Ferguson Cancer Center, 13 family healthcare centers offering primary and specialty medical care, hospice, occupational and chiropractic health services, dental care and outpatient mental health services. For more information about FHN, please visit

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