Doctor Expands Relationship With Methodist
Dr. William Schlichtemeier feels a strong connection to Methodist Health System. You might say it started on day one. He was born at Methodist Hospital.
"It was the beginning of a long relationship," Dr. Schlichtemeier says. "I'm proud of it."
Dr. Schlichtemeier grew up to become an Ophthalmologist and knew right where he wanted to work: Methodist. He spent over 30 years helping patients not only feel better, but see better. His desire to care for others is something he shared with his wife, Jeanette. She worked with the late Dr. Jerry Schenken and Dr. Robert Kruger, who were Pathologists at Methodist Hospital and Children's Hospital for many years.
The couple's bond with Methodist grew stronger as they became patients. Both underwent surgery and left with an even greater appreciation for the meaning of care.
Dr. Schlichtemeier and Jeanette decided to give back to the organization that has played such a big part in their lives. The idea was to do something that impacted Methodist and the entire community. They decided to establish a scholarship at Nebraska Methodist College – The Josie Harper Campus to support those going into health care.
Not only are Dr. William and Jeanette Schlichtemeier supporting the next generation of health care workers, but they are creating a legacy. The Dr. William and Jeanette Schlichtemeier Scholarship is going to help health care students at Nebraska Methodist College for years to come.
"One of the most important things we can do is to pay it forward and give younger people an opportunity," Dr. Schlichtemeier says. "The key to success is education."
Dr. Schlichtemeier understands the importance of education and the importance of health care workers. He helped create a partnership between Nebraska Methodist College and Murray Conestoga Public Schools. The program offers health care education for local students and community members so they can graduate with a certified nursing assistant (CNA) degree as well.
Conestoga provides the classrooms in its Nehawka-based building in Cass County, and Nebraska Methodist College provides instructors and laboratory equipment. Nine students participated in the pilot program which offers classes and training to become a CNA. The program began in August 2014 and the participants were able to graduate in December. Other degrees may be added in the future.
"I know how medicine can change lives, it did mine. I hope this program continues to impact future generations," says Dr. Schlichtemeier.
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