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Coppage Nursing Scholarships Awarded by DeKalb Medical

Pictured from left are Jean Coppage White, Elizabeth Kurzawa, Meredith Bettis, Mark Coppage Jr., Dalia Galvin Nesmith, Samantha Goldberg
Pictured from left are Jean Coppage White, Elizabeth Kurzawa, Meredith Bettis, Mark Coppage Jr., Dalia Galvin Nesmith, Samantha Goldberg

As part of its ongoing commitment to help "the nurses of tomorrow,” DeKalb Medical has awarded $11,000 to nursing students through the 2013 Dr. W. Mark Coppage Scholarship Fund. Monday evening’s ceremony was the 20th anniversary, and recognized Jonsey J. Jones, M.D., for her thoughtfulness and generosity in starting this wonderful scholarship program in memory of Dr. Coppage.  

The scholarship is funded through private donations, and is given annually to nursing school students who best represent the legacy of Dr. Coppage.

This year's winners include Coppage Scholar Samantha Goldberg (Georgia Southern University), Meredith Bettis (Gordon State College), Elizabeth Kurzawa (Auburn University at Montgomery) and Dalia Galvan-Nesmith (Georgia State University). Since 1993, the Dr. W. Mark Coppage Scholarship Fund has awarded over 150 scholarships totaling more than $350,000 to nursing students. 

Scholarship winners must demonstrate leadership, compassion, concern for humanity and other qualities exemplified by Dr. Coppage, who was renowned for his compassionate care during a long career at DeKalb Medical. 

“He was caring, always had a great bedside manner, was a good teacher and his patients loved him,” said longtime friend Dee Keeton. “He was a patient advocate before they really had patient advocates, and he was a great doctor and exceptional person.” 

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About DeKalb Medical 

Founded in 1961, DeKalb Regional Health System, Inc., known as DeKalb Medical, is comprised of more than 800 doctors skilled in 55 medical specialties across three campuses. The 627-bed system includes DeKalb Medical at North Decatur (451 beds), DeKalb Medical Long Term Acute Care at Downtown Decatur (76 beds), DeKalb Medical at Hillandale (100 beds), and DeKalb Medical Physicians Group and the DeKalb Medical Foundation. The not-for-profit health care system is a HealthGrades® Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Attack in 2013 and Five-Star Recipient for Peripheral Vascular Bypass in 2012. Our Maternity Center was selected as a participant in the Best Fed Beginnings project as part of UNICEF/WHO’s Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative. Our Cancer Center has been granted three-year approval by The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons as a community hospital comprehensive oncology program, and our Joint Solutions Center is a metro Atlanta leader in joint replacement. In addition, our LTAC earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for acquired brain injury, wound care and respiratory failure services. Visit www.dekalbmedical.org

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