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17 New Graduate Nurses Begin Healthcare Career at Oswego Health

Corporate news | Monday, July 25, 2022

Contact: Jamie Leszczynski

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics has forecast a nursing shortage through 2024, with the United States projected to need more than half a million new nurses to replace those who leave the profession. As the largest healthcare system in Oswego County, Oswego Health has taken a proactive role in recruitment with an emphasis on pipeline growth and has successfully recruited seventeen new graduate nurses this summer for positions at Oswego Hospital.

Joining Oswego Health’s Medical Surgical Unit to begin their career in healthcare include:

  • Anna Mulcahey from Oswego- attended CCC
  • Kim Maitland from Oswego- attended CCC
  • Kaitlyn Gunther from Oswego- attended CCC
  • Brittany Holiday from Fulton- attended CCC. Brittany will spend six months in Med Surg but then transition to Women’s Services.
  • Kaitlyn Gunther from Oswego – attended CCC
  • Kirsten Grabow from Morrisville – attended SUNY Morrisville
  • Lilly Liang from Fulton – attended SUNY Morrisville
  • Erica Coe from Parish – attended CCC

Joining the Intensive Care Unit:

  • Bailey Mannigan from Auburn- attended St. John Fisher
  • Alyse Oostdyk from Oswego – attended CCC
  • Jenny Pickard from Cato – attended CCC
  • Cali Rodriguez from Oswego – attended CCC

Joining the Emergency Department:

  • McKenzie Bortel from Hannibal – attended Crouse School of Nursing
  • Amy Pauldine from Oswego – attended OCC
  • Allison Flett from Martville – attended CCC

Joining the Surgical Services Unit:

  • Melissa Duran from Oswego – attended CCC
  • Ashleigh Searle from Cato – attended CCC
  • Heather Walters from Phoenix – attended CCC

“Securing the future of local healthcare has been a priority of our recruiters here at Oswego Health,” shared Marq Brown, Vice President of Human Resources. “To have 17 new nurses choose to begin their nursing career here in this community is gratifying and a testament to their commitment to caring for their neighbors, friends, and family.”

As a complete healthcare system with locations throughout Oswego County, Oswego Health offers many opportunities for career advancement. Their tuition reimbursement program is designed to make it financially easy for employees to build careers in healthcare while maintaining a work/life balance. The program offers up to $10,000 per year towards healthcare degrees in nursing, medical imaging, and laboratory science. In addition, Oswego Health offers an ED Residency Program, which provides a fully compensated, on-the-job training opportunity for graduate nurses.

Nationally recognized for patient safety and care, with more than 1,200 employees throughout our 17 campuses, a career at Oswego Health is just that, a career,” stated Melissa Purtell, RN, BSN, MSN, Director of Nursing. “The experience and versatility available to these new graduate nurses are truly unique to our healthcare system. Plus, since we are an independent, nonprofit healthcare system, with all strategic decisions, whether operational or monetarily, being made locally, our staff can make a true impact not only for their patients but for the profession.

And I think what I love most about these new graduate nurses is the excitement and energy they bring to the team. It’s infectious and we are so glad they are here!”

Oswego Health has openings throughout the healthcare system and encourages anyone interested in providing local healthcare to learn more by visiting

Photo caption: (left to right, row 1) Amy Pauldine, Ashleigh Searle, Bailey Mannigan, Jenny Pickard, Kim Maitland; (left to right, row 2) Heather Walters, Melissa Duran, Lilly Liang, McKenzie Bortel; (left to right, row 3) Alyse Oostdyk, Anna Mulcahey, Brittany Holiday, Erica Coe; (left to right, row 4) Allison Flett, Kaitlyn Gunther, Kirsten Grabow, Cali Rodriguez.