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Auburn Community Hospital sponsoring ‘Angel Fund’ to support nursing students at Cayuga Community College

A new fund sponsored by Auburn Community Hospital (ACH) will provide financial support for students in the Nursing program at both Cayuga Community College campuses.

The Auburn Community Hospital Nursing Student Angel Fund will assist with funding for Nursing program students’ transportation to campus and to their clinical assignments, as well as assist with expenses for the program’s culminating Pinning Ceremony. The Hospital donated $7,500 to establish the Angel Fund in 2022.


Photo courtesy of Auburn Community Hospital 

Pictured from left are Cayuga Trustee and Auburn Community Hospital (ACH) Board Chair Tony Franceschelli; Cayuga Community College Foundation Executive Director Guy Cosentino; Sarah Lormand, ACH Director of Emergency Care Unit/Urgent Care Clinics, Critical Care Unit and Staff Development; ACH Vice President of Nursing Amber Sitterly; ACH Vice President of Quality Management Adeline Gunger; Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services Tammy Sunderlin; ACH President & CEO Scott Berlucchi; and Cayuga Community College President and ACH Board member Dr. Brian Durant.

“Auburn Community Hospital’s commitment to our nursing students is extremely generous,” said Guy Thomas Cosentino, the Executive Director of the Cayuga County Community College Foundation. “By creating the Angel Fund, they are assisting our students who have been hit with ever-increasing gas prices and other expenses. This fund will help defray students’ costs to go to and from their clinicals at Auburn Community Hospital or in Syracuse. Auburn Community Hospital is a vital part of our community and their support to help make sure our nursing candidates are able to focus on their studies and what they need to graduate says much about how great a partner they are. The hospital’s additional help with our Pinning Ceremony will create lasting memories for our nursing graduates and their families.”

“The College’s Nursing program is exceptional, and ACH has been the beneficiary of numerous nurses who have graduated from this program. Our goal is to continue building our relationship with nursing students from Cayuga and to have a position waiting for them when they graduate. We believe that these nursing students understand the value of being able to care for their friends and families at a community hospital that provides numerous opportunities for nurses to build a career locally. We hope this fund helps nursing students with their expenses and allows them to focus on being amazing nurses,” stated Scott A. Berlucchi, President and CEO, Auburn Community Hospital.

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“Students in our Nursing program are unwavering in their dedication to earning a degree and being an integral member of our health care community, but there are times when financial situations arise that create challenges for students,” said Cayuga Nursing Director Mary Driscoll. 

“This fund will alleviate some concerns and help students remain focused on their goals. On behalf of our program and students, we appreciate the support of the Auburn Community Hospital.”

Faculty in the College’s Nursing program will recommend recipients for the Angel Fund, and will coordinate these efforts with the College Foundation. Funding will be available to any student currently enrolled in the Nursing program.