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Senchak, Foundation Establish Mercy Nursing Scholarship

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — The Mercy Health Foundation Mahoning Valley received $60,000 to establish the Michael S. Senchak/Mahoning Valley Hospital Foundation Nursing Scholarship.

Michael S. Senchak worked 22 years at Mercy Health, formerly Humility of Mary Health Partners. He began as an orderly, then as a registered nurse in several departments, including neurovascular, orthopedic and the emergency room, and ultimately became the vice president of shared support services.

In 1999, he and an associate opened the Mahoning Valley Hospital, a new long-term acute-care hospital where he served as CEO until selling the hospital in 2008. A foundation was created following the sale, which Senchak administers.

Since 1997, the Mercy Health Foundation Mahoning Valley has awarded nearly $1 million to Mercy Health employees and family members to further their clinical education in nursing and clinical instructor programs at nearby accredited universities. Last year, 53 students received over $150,000 in scholarships.

Pictured: Crystal Jones, interim president, Mercy Health Foundation; Michael Senchak, Mahoning Valley Hospital Foundation; Jonathon Fauvie, gift officer, Mercy Health Foundation.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.