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Nurse Practitioner Scholarship Announced

Published on: August 28, 2023

Watertown, New York — Samaritan Medical Center Foundation of Northern New York is pleased to announce this year’s recipients of the Susan Peters Scholarship. The 2023 scholarships awardees were Joseph Donoghue and Maegan Castle. Joseph is a Registered Nurse in the emergency department at Samaritan Medical Center and obtaining his Family Nurse Practitioner degree. Maegan is also a Registered Nurse in Samaritan’s intensive care unit and obtaining her Family Nurse Practitioner degree.

The Susan Peters Nursing Scholarship was established in 2018 to assist with the education costs for an RN who is continuing their education, specifically to pursue a Nurse Practitioner degree. Two scholarships of $2,000 are awarded each year.

Mrs. Peters graduated from the former House of the Good Samaritan School of Nursing and retired from Samaritan Medical Center as a Certified Oncology Nurse; prior to that, she had served as a staff RN and for more than 20 years as a Nurse Manager of Medical/Surgical, Orthopaedic and Alternate Level of Care Units. Susan Passed away in 2020.

Nurse Practitioners are able to provide many of the same services as physicians, including developing treatment plans for their patients, ordering tests, performing minor procedures, and prescribing medication.

For more information, please contact the Samaritan Medical Center Foundation at 315-785-4584, visit, or email


Pictured here, left to right, are Dr. Marie Hess, Susan Peters Scholarship Committee Member, Maegan Castle, Scholarship Recipient, Beth Fipps, VP, Foundation and Community Services, Joseph Donaghue, Scholarship Recipient, and Mary Dawley, Susan Peters Scholarship Committee Member.

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