Good Samaritan Medical Center Presents Learnard Legacy Award and Scholarships

BROCKTON – Good Samaritan Medical Center recently created the John Learnard Legacy Award to recognize the commitment Mr. John Learnard, long time hospital board member and supporter, had for Good Samaritan. Appropriately, the first recipient was John Learnard, posthumously, as he passed away in early December.

Future awardees will be at the president’s discretion and will be ones who demonstrate the caliber of care that Mr. Learnard had for the community. These qualities include a selfless dedication and informed involvement in the development and preservation of the choice of Catholic Community Healthcare, and, one who shares their talents, time, and passion for maintaining Good Samaritan Medical Center as a “Shining Star” in health care through advocacy, volunteerism, and leadership.

The Learnard Legacy was presented on December 21 to Margie McLuskey, John Learnard’s daughter. She expressed her gratitude for the recognition of the work her father was so passionate about and stated that he would have been pleased by the presentation.

Given with the Legacy Award were three scholarships to assist nursing students, as Mr. Learnard spent his life promoting access to healthcare and health education. The first recipients of the Legacy Scholarship Awards are:

  • Carolyn Pitter of Randolph, pursuing her Masters in Social Work at BSU Class of 2017
  • N’Jie Romain of Brockton, pursuing Certification as a Registered Nurse through the LPN to RN program at Massasoit Community College Class of 2017
  • Leyliannette Pastrana. of Bridgewater, pursuing Bachelors in Social Work at BSU Class of 2020

“We are honored to be the stewards of John Learnard’s legacy in this way,” said John A. Jurczyk, FACHE, President of Good Samaritan Medical Center. “John was a true champion of our hospital for many, many years and was thrilled to contribute his name to the scholarship awards so that others may continue to innovate in the healthcare field. He will be missed.”

PHOTO CAPTION: (left to right) Carolyn Pitter,awardee; Margie McLuskey, Learnard’s daughter; N’Jie Romain, awardee; and Paulo Gomes, Director of Community Health, GSMC


About Good Samaritan Medical Center

Good Samaritan Medical Center is an acute-care, 267-bed hospital providing comprehensive inpatient, outpatient, and emergency services to Brockton and 22 neighboring communities. The hospital offers Centers of Excellence care in oncology and cardiology, specialized care in surgery, family-centered obstetrics with level-two nursery, substance abuse treatment, and advanced diagnostic imaging. Good Samaritan Medical Center is part of Steward Health Care System. Additional information is available

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