The Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing is pleased to acknowledge it has received its largest monetary gift to date. The planned gift was made by Ada Oetgen of Peoria, an alum and former faculty member, who died in February at the age of 89.
The $1.5 million gift will be used to establish the endowed Ada Oetgen Memorial Scholarship Fund and will be used for student scholarships.
Miss Oetgen was a 1945 graduate of Saint Francis Hospital School of Nursing, as it was known then. She earned a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University in 1952 and a Master of Arts in Nursing in 1959 from the University of Chicago.
Miss Oetgen joined the School of Nursing faculty, teaching anatomy and physiology, microbiology and trends and issues. As the school transitioned to the College of Nursing in the 1980s, Miss Oetgen was an integral part of the planning and transition. For the College, she taught pathophysiology along with trends and issues. She retired from the College of Nursing in 1994.
“We are always so thankful for people like Miss Oetgen who have a special place in their heart and look out for those who are the best of the best but might need help fulfilling their passion of caring for others,” said Keith Steffen, President and CEO of OSF Saint Francis Medical Center. “Her gift is consistent with our Sisters’ Mission of serving with the greatest care and love.”
“Ada Oetgen was dedicated and passionate about teaching and students learned so much from her,” said Patti Stockert, Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing President, who served on the faculty with Oetgen for fifteen years. “The gift comes at an opportune time as the College sees the need for institutional scholarships for students continuing to grow. Last year, 89% of our BSN students received some type of financial assistance. The scholarships given in her name will help many students pursue their dream of a nursing career.”
There will be a display in the College lobby honoring Miss Oetgen, including items related to her long nursing career.