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Union nursing alumnus memorialized in award

Ashley Janovich presents the William Janovich Award to Jason Hooper.
Ashley Janovich presents the William Janovich Award to Jason Hooper.

JACKSON, Tenn.Aug. 12, 2013 – Union University nurse anesthesia faculty recently voted to rename a nursing award in memory of alumnus William Janovich.

The award’s first recipient was Jason Hooper, a 2013 Master of Science in Nursing graduate.

Janovich earned a master’s degree in nurse anesthesia in 2010 at Union’s Germantown campus. He then served as a nurse anesthetist in Memphis as well as in Haiti. Janovich died in an accident in March, leaving behind his wife, Ashley, and their three children. He was 36.

The award was created in 2008 as the Horizon Award but has been changed to the William Janovich Award in his memory.

“William’s co-workers said everyone wanted William to do their anesthesia,” said Molly Wright, professor of nursing and chair of the nurse anesthesia track at Union’s School of Nursing. “It was said that he never forgot he was a nurse first of all and took great care of those entrusted to him. His classmates from here at Union spoke so highly of William and his compassion for others.”

Several clinical sites where Union nursing students train select one graduate each year to receive the award, which honors a student who has shown outstanding knowledge and skills in a clinical setting.

Hooper received the award at a special ceremony July 26 for nurse anesthesia track graduates prior to Union’s summer commencement service July 27. Hooper, of Brownsville, Tenn., now works at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital.

Ashley Janovich presented this year’s award. She encouraged graduates to use their talents for God’s glory like her husband did.

“Ashley read some words from co-workers of William’s that spoke of the great care he gave to his patients and how he would show Christ to all those with whom he had contact,” Wright said. “William definitely demonstrated clinical skills and knowledge and served as a leader. How fitting that this award would be named after him.”

By Beth Byrd

Media contact: Tim Ellsworth, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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