SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Southern Conference announced Wednesday that Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System (SRHS) will become a corporate partner and sponsor one of the league's 10 postgraduate scholarships, preferably for a student-athlete with plans to enter the medical profession.
“We're very pleased to welcome Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System as a partner,” Southern Conference Commissioner John Iamarino said. “Their financial support will be welcome assistance for one of our student-athletes pursuing graduate studies. It's indicative of Spartanburg Regional's commitment to the community.”
This year, SRHS will sponsor the postgraduate scholarship of ETSU volleyball player Kristen Favre, whose award will be known as the Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System scholarship. Favre is an exercise science major from Plano, Texas, who will attend University of Texas Medical Branch in the fall to begin graduate studies in the field of occupational therapy.
“The longstanding relationship between Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System and SoCon began in 1997 with the inception of our sports medicine program at Wofford College,” said Lori Winkles, SRHS Vice President of Professional Services. “In the years since, we have continued to build that relationship and many others with area student-athletes and our community through our Sports Medicine Institute: supporting their efforts with strength training, injury prevention and rehabilitation following injury. As a teaching institution with a rich history of promoting clinical education, we are pleased to support Miss Favre with our inaugural SoCon scholarship as she pursues a career in occupational therapy.”
SRHS employees more than 6,000 people and its administrative offices are housed in the historic Beaumont Mill in Spartanburg, alongside the SoCon office.
ABOUT SPARTANBURG REGIONAL HEALTHCARE SYSTEM
Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System (SRHS) offers a full spectrum of services through four hospitals: Spartanburg Medical Center, Pelham Medical Center, Spartanburg Hospital for Restorative Care and Union Medical Center. SRHS also includes Ellen Sagar Nursing Center, 113-bed long-term care, skilled nursing facility that offers nursing care and rehabilitation services. SRHS provides unparalleled oncological care through the Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute. The multidisciplinary Medical Group of the Carolinas has more than 300 physicians across seven counties in two states. SRHS employs nearly 6,000 associates and offers outpatient surgery centers, a vibrant post-acute division, AND a Level I Trauma Center.
ABOUT THE SOUTHERN CONFERENCE
The Southern Conference, in its 96th season of intercollegiate competition, is a national leader in emphasizing the development of the student-athlete and helping build lifelong leaders and role models. The conference has been on the forefront of innovation and originality in developing creative solutions to address issues facing intercollegiate athletics. From establishing the first conference basketball tournament (1921) to tackling the issues of freshman eligibility (1922) to developing women's championships (1984) to becoming the first conference to install the 3-point goal in basketball (1980), the Southern Conference has been a pioneer. The Southern Conference is the nation's fifth-oldest NCAA Division I collegiate athletic association.