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Bolingbrook Hospital Foundation awards scholarship to BHS senior

Summary: The Bolingbrook Hospital Foundation awarded a $1,000 nursing scholarship to 2011 Bolingbrook High School graduate Ricci Buchanan.


Bolingbrook – Years ago, Bolingbrook High School 2011 graduate Ricci Buchanan had a serious accident requiring more than 30 stitches in her leg and six shots to numb the pain. The care she received that night is partly why Buchanan is leaving her family’s sports legacy to pursue a nursing career.


“That experience made me want to help others the way my mother did for me that unforgettable night,” Buchanan said.


The Bolingbrook Hospital Foundation is giving Buchanan a head start on her goal by awarding her a $1,000 scholarship. Jolene Albaugh, vice president/chief nursing officer of Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, presented the scholarship to Buchanan May 19 at Bolingbrook High School’s Honors Day Program. The foundation supports the mission of Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital through philanthropy.


Buchanan plans to attend Indiana University this fall. Her goal as a nurse is to work in a community hospital and make every patient feel they are receiving VIP treatment.


“Local hospitals need to take care of their patients while giving them exceptional customer service,” Buchanan said. “In addition, the hospital should be able to respond to immediate emergencies in the area. It is the hospital’s responsibility to be a safety net, to understand what the emergency is and to fix it in an urgent manner.”


At first, Buchanan followed her family’s footsteps in the field of athletics. Her father and uncles played football; her mother, aunts, grandmother and cousins were cheerleaders. Buchanan participated in a community cheerleading team for four years and went to national competition three times.


As a freshman, Buchanan made the Bolingbrook High School varsity team and became team captain the next year. During that season, Buchanan also became an All-American cheerleader and advanced to the All-State cheerleading team.


Through her four years of high school cheerleading, Buchanan not only consistently attended practices but also has mentored younger girls and assisted coaches with routines, music and costumes, all while earning good grades.


“Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital’s leadership team believes Ricci’s sense of leadership and responsibility on the field will make her an asset on a nursing floor,” Albaugh said. “We’re pleased to be able to help her along that path.”



Adventist Midwest Health includes Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. To find a physician, visit


Media contact: Lisa Parro, senior public relations specialist, Adventist Midwest Health,; 630-856-0354