Willie Francis started working for Riverside in 1956. The Willie P. Francis Education Scholarship was established in her honor when she retired from the Mother/Baby unit in October 2003 after decades of service to Riverside. Willie’s special contributions to nursing are best described by her coworkers and patients, but her constant dedication to duty and performance of her tasks in a most friendly manner were obvious. She earned the respect of co-workers, new parents and physicians. A personal reference obtained when she was originally interviewed in 1956 states, “you will find her to be a person of good character, a person whose personality is very pleasing and she will carry out any assignment cheerfully.” Her reputation upon retirement remained the same.
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About the Fund: The Willie P. Francis Education Scholarship was established with a lead contribution by Dr. Stephen Bolduc to encourage employees of the Birthing and Family Health Services at Riverside Regional Medical Center to advance their skills and education in the field of maternal-child health. Scholarship funds are also available for students whose future work interest is within the maternal-child health field