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SMHC Auxiliary Presents Two Scholarships in Memory of Past President Carolyn Walker

June 28, 2017

At the Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC) Auxiliary Annual Meeting, President Denise LaRoche announced the 2017 Carolyn Walker Auxiliary Scholarship for Employee Recognition winners. Kaitlyn McCarter, athletic trainer, and Jason Swasey, risk management specialist, were each chosen to receive the $1,000 scholarship for 2017. Now in its seventh year, the scholarship was established to assist with expenses and tuition from enrollment in an accredited post-secondary course of study.

"It is always our great honor and pleasure to award the Carolyn F. Walker Auxiliary Scholarships for Employee Recognition to two worthy employee recipients who are furthering their knowledge and skills," said Auxiliary President Denise LaRoche. "When we encourage and reward those who seek to better themselves, everyone in our hospital community benefits, and that was Carolyn’s vision when she established the Auxiliary Scholarship seven years ago. We are dedicated to continuing her good work and legacy by presenting Kate McCarter and Jason Swasey with scholarships this year and look forward to preserving our tradition of giving back to our community." LaRoche also expressed her gratitude to Auxilians Sharon Roberge, Jennifer Paige and Karen Chasse for their service on the Scholarship Committee.

Kaitlyn McCarter, athletic trainer in the SMHC Sports Performance Center, has been employed with SMHC since 2015. Kaitlyn graduated from the University of New England (UNE) and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in applied nutrition.  Kaitlyn is also a certified athletic trainer, and a certified strength and conditioning specialist. Kaitlyn volunteers at the Shipyard Half Marathon/Marathon, and gives talks about concussion management at UNE and in the community.

Jason Swasey, risk management specialist, has been employed by SMHC for nine years. He is a Management of Aggressive Behavior (MOAB) instructor, Gemba coach, and Lean Six Sigma green belt. Jason was also named SMHC’s Rock Star of the Year in 2015. Jason graduated summa cum laude from Husson University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in business administration from Southern New Hampshire University. Jason hopes to attain his project management professional certification and his Lean Six Sigma black belt after graduation.

In accepting their scholarships, the recipients were deeply grateful for the financial assistance given to them by the Auxiliary in order to continue their studies. They were thankful for the Auxiliary’s confidence in them and are excited to pursue the next levels of their respective goals in education.

About Southern Maine Health Care
Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC) is a national award-winning healthcare system with a non-profit mission "to improve the health and health care of the communities we serve."  SMHC includes a full service, acute care medical center in Biddeford, with York County’s only inpatient mental health unit. Emergency care, surgical services, and diagnostic and therapy services are available at SMHC’s Medical Centers in Biddeford and Sanford. SMHC offers primary care and multi-specialty physician services, diagnostic and therapy services, and Walk-In Care centers in various York County communities including Biddeford, Kennebunk, Saco, Sanford and Waterboro. SMHC is Joint Commission accredited and has been recognized for quality excellence by numerous outside organizations. To learn more about SMHC and SMHC providers, visit,,, or

About SMHC Auxiliary
The SMHC Auxiliary has been an integral part of the hospital family since 1907, raising and donating over $2 million to SMHC over the past 100 years. This dynamic group helps people across York County through their support of many important patient care programs and services that would otherwise not receive funding, such as massage therapy for cancer patients.  Their mission is to support the SMHC administration, staff, programs and patients by offering volunteer hours, financial support, and creative collaboration to better serve our health community.

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