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Preferred Home Health Care Announces Winner of Its Student Nursing Scholarship

Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services (PHHC), Eatontown, with offices in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware, has announced the winner of its Student Nursing Scholarship, a $500 award given twice a year for current student nurses living or going to school in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, or Delaware.

The winner is Hudson County Community College student Rina Renea Derricott, Jersey City, who is seeking to become an LPN. Derricott started her career with a B.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University in fashion merchandising, and had extensive training working at luxury, wear-to-work, and discount retailers.  With the sad news about COVID-19, its devastating effects and growing deaths, however, Derricott did not hesitate to pursue a career in health care.

Derricott said, “I come from a long line of family devoted to the health care industry. I am the daughter of an ER Registered Nurse who spent more than 23 years in practice and siblings whose health care careers span more than 15 years. Listening to their stories, being amazed by their heroic acts, I understand I cannot just live my life for me. I am a part of a whole, a small part of a large community, and I must do my part.”

Jonathan Herman, COO of Preferred, said, “We are happy to help our future nurses, especially during our current health care crisis.  We are also very proud to continue offering student nursing scholarships at Preferred.”

Applicants at any educational level, such as first-year, LPN, or RN programs, among others, can apply online at PreferredCares.com/careers/scholarship.

Shannon Maurer, HR Specialist for Preferred, Jersey City, said, “Rina winning the scholarship has definitely encouraged many of her classmates to apply for the December scholarship. We are very glad that Preferred has a relationship with the nursing program at Hudson County Community College.”

For more information about Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services, career opportunities, or training programs, contact Lisa Gallicchio, director of community relations, at lisa@preferredcares.com or visit PreferredCares.com.

About Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services: Since 1987, Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services (PHHC), 45 Main Street, Eatontown, N.J., has provided a wide range of medical and non-medical home health care services from pediatric to geriatric care in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. PHHC is accredited by CHAP (Community Health Accreditation Partner), an accrediting organization for the home health care industry.  Preferred works collaboratively with physicians, hospitals, nursing homes, and facilities to ensure a smooth transition to one’s home.

PHHC, named a 2021 Great Place to Work®, offers industry-leading pay rates, weekly pay, flexible hours, benefits, and paid time off. PHHC has 15 locations. New Jersey locations include corporate headquarters in Eatontown and branches in Elmwood Park, Galloway, Jersey City, Mt. Laurel, Neptune, North Brunswick, Robbinsville, South Orange, and Toms River. Pennsylvania locations include Allentown, Bala Cynwyd, Bensalem, and Pittsburgh. Delaware location: Claymont.

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