SCF Visits Local Hospitals to Spread Cheer and Thank Nurses

(Bradenton, Fla., Dec. 20, 2017) —  State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) sent a special envoy to local hospitals to cheer up children in the pediatric units and to thank the nurses, many of them SCF graduates, who care for patients over the holidays. Dr. Carol Probstfeld, college president, and Maverick the Manatee, SCF’s mascot, brought a basket of puppies and kittens – stuffed of course – to the littlest hospital patients on Tuesday. Maverick’s antics had the patients laughing – his prescription for a quick recovery.

This is the third year SCF visited local hospitals as part of its outreach to the community. Dr. Probstfeld said she enjoys cheering up children and their parents, as well as visiting the staff who cares for patients over the holidays. She said it’s also a pleasure to visit with the SCF alumni who are working in the healthcare industry and offering her thanks for their dedication to the community.

This year’s visit came just a few days after 58 new nurses from SCF got their nursing pins, adding nearly five dozen much needed nurses to the local workforce. Another 60 nurses participated in graduation ceremonies Friday night to receive their Bachelor of Science degrees in nursing.

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 Dr. Carol Probstfeld and Maverick visit Manatee Memorial Hospital's pediatric ward.

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