HICKORY, NC—The Organizational Learning department of Catawba Valley
Health System (CVHS) and Catawba Medical Foundation hosted a banquet December
12, 2022, at Catawba Valley Medical Center to award the first Eddie Beard
RISE scholarship. Winner of the scholarship is Carley Land, a senior at
Hickory High School.
RISE, Robust Internship Student Experiences (RISE), is a semester long,
intensive apprenticeship program at CVHS designed to help students discover
career paths in healthcare. After participating in 120 hours of observation
in their chosen areas, students are honored with a banquet and the opportunity
to win a $1000 scholarship provided by Catawba Medical Foundation.
The Eddie Beard RISE Scholarship is named for retiring Catawba Valley Health
System CEO and President Eddie Beard who spent his entire career in healthcare.
After graduating from Lenoir Rhyne College with a Bachelor of Science
degree in nursing, Eddie began working as a registered nurse in critical
care before he quickly became a nurse manager. After joining Catawba Valley
Medical Center in 1989 as associate vice president of Patient Services,
Beard served as vice president of patient services and chief nursing officer
before becoming chief operating officer and, ultimately, president and
chief executive officer of the not-for-profit health system. During his
career, he also continued his education with a Master of Science in nursing
and a doctorate in nursing practice, along with earning numerous fellowships,
awards and certifications.
Speaking at the award’s banquet, Director of Development Tracey Bolick
stated, “We can think of no one better to hold up as a role model
for healthcare excellence for our students than Eddie Beard. That is why
we are proud to award this scholarship in his name and honor.”
The RISE program is offered to juniors and seniors enrolled at all high
schools in Catawba County. For more information regarding the program,
contact Katie Fulbright, student program coordinator, at 828-326-3576.