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Area health care students named recipients of scholarship awards by Saint Anne’s Hospital Medical Staff

August 11, 2015

Fall River, MA – The Saint Anne’s Hospital medical staff has announced that Adrienne Botelho, of Somerset, and Victoria Johnson, of East Freetown, have been named recipients of this year’s scholarship awards for health care students.

The $3,000 awards are part of the program established by the Saint Anne's Hospital medical staff in recognition of area students’ outstanding academic achievements and a demonstrated commitment to health care.

Botelho is the recipient of the 2015 Malcolm W. MacDonald, MD, Scholarship Award. A medical imaging student at Rhode Island College, she is the niece of Ana Raposo, a member of the Environmental Services staff at Saint Anne’s Hospital.

Johnson is the recipient of the 2015 Rajaratnam T. Abraham, MD, Scholarship Award. A biology major at Salve Regina University, Newport, RI, she plans to pursue a career as a physician assistant in oncology.

This year’s scholarship program was named in honor of two longtime community physicians who have served in multiple roles at Saint Anne's Hospital.

A member of the Saint Anne’s Hospital medical staff since 1975, Dr. MacDonald served the hospital in leadership roles for more than 20 years, including medical director and vice president for medical staff affairs. Since retiring from his hospital position in 2006, he has continued to serve as president of the Saint Anne’s Hospital Independent Practice Association and medical director for a number of nursing homes and sees patients in private practice in Little Compton.

A member of the Saint Anne’s Hospital medical staff for many years, Dr. Abraham was one of the founding PrimaCARE physicians. Dr. Abraham is a board-certified specialist in internal medicine, also specializing in lipidology and hypertension. Dr. Abraham has participated on hospital committees and in various hospital programs over the years. He is well known among his colleagues as a physician dedicated to excellence in his work and a man devoted to generations of patients in Fall River.

Additional information about the annual scholarship program can be obtained from Saint Anne’s Hospital Medical Staff Office, 508-674-5600, extension 2002.

About Saint Anne’s Hospital

Saint Anne’s Hospital is a community hospital with comprehensive inpatient, outpatient, and emergency care services, serving adults and children from southeastern Massachusetts and nearby Rhode Island at its main campus in Fall River and its community satellites in Attleboro, Swansea, Dartmouth, New Bedford, and Stoughton. Founded in 1906 by the Dominican Sisters of the Presentation, Saint Anne's Hospital is a member of Steward Health Care System LLC, the largest community-based accountable care organization in New England. Saint Anne’s has been recognized time and again for quality, safety and service by such organizations as The Joint Commission, The Leapfrog Group, and Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Additional information is available at www.steward.org