• Applications for Bailey Health Care Scholarships Due March 1

    News Release
    MidMichigan Health
    For Immediate Release
    February 5, 2019
    Applications for Bailey Health Care Scholarships Due March 1
    MIDLAND, Mich. – Bernard and Melissa Anne Bailey, once active and lifelong residents of Midland, never had children. But through their bequest they have impacted the lives of more than 1,700 students by providing scholarships totaling more than $2 million to support their goal of a career in health care.
    The March 1 deadline for applications to the Bernard F. and Melissa Anne Bailey Family Fund Health Care Scholarship program at MidMichigan Health is approaching. Students may access the application at www.midmichigan.org/bailey. Applications and support documentation will only be accepted electronically.
    The scholarship fund was initiated through a $3.3 million bequest left by Bernard Bailey. Under the stewardship of the MidMichigan Health Foundation, scholarships are awarded to students pursuing health care fields on the basis of merit and established criteria as determined by an overseer committee. One such student who has received a Bailey scholarship is Midland resident Brent Oldham.
    Oldham said that he was exposed to the medical field at an early age through family members who were ill. “I was immediately drawn in to the way health professionals provided care for patients and their breadth of medical knowledge,” explained Oldham. “I was so fascinated with the way physicians and other providers could have such an intricate understanding of the human body and the intimate relationship they formed with patients and families.”
    Currently a third year medical student at Central Michigan University (CMU) College of Medicine, Oldham added that participating in a health care exploration program in high school helped reinforce his decision.
    “I was a co-op through a health care and technology program, which included tailored courses at MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland and half-days at a local practice,” said Oldham. “These experiences tempered my intrigue in medicine and pursuing it as a career for myself.” 
    Currently, Oldham is rotating in each specialty of medicine. He is tentatively set to graduate in May 2020 from CMU’s College of Medicine.
    “Once I graduate from medical school I’m hoping to match into a residency program within Michigan so that I can stay close to my family and friends and eventually practice in the area as well,” said Oldham. “Additionally, I hope to be able to commit some of my spare time working abroad in developing countries and utilize my background in public health.”
    Oldham has a message to the Baileys expressing his gratitude for the bequest they left behind that has helped so many students pursue a career in health care.
    “In the simplest terms, thank you,” said Oldham. “Their scholarship has had a profound effect on me and all the students who have received it through their generosity,” expressed Oldham. “The compassion they’ve shown to students by creating this scholarship allows us to give back just that much more to the patients we work with.”
    Those interested in more information on the Bailey health care scholarships may contact Ashley Raetz-Myers at ashley.raetz-myers@midmichigan.org or (989) 839-3638. Those interested in additional scholarship opportunities may visit www.midmichigan.org/scholarships.
    The MidMichigan Health Foundation supports the patients and families served by MidMichigan Health by raising funds for equipment, services and programs. MidMichigan Health is a non-profit health system headquartered in Midland, Michigan, affiliated with Michigan Medicine, the health care division of the University of Michigan. MidMichigan Health covers a 23-county region with medical centers in Midland, Alpena, Alma, Clare, Gladwin, Mt. Pleasant and West Branch.
    In addition to its Medical Centers, MidMichigan Health also offers both home health care and physician services, and has a strong commitment to medical education. MidMichigan Physicians Group provides urgent care and medical offices in more than 30 specialties and subspecialties including cardiology, hematology/oncology, orthopedics, vascular surgery, family medicine and more. Currently, MidMichigan has more than 7,400 employees, volunteers and physicians and provided more than $144 million in community benefits in fiscal year 2018.


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