McLaren Thumb Region Auxiliary awards scholarships to local high school seniors

Emma Hyzer (left photo) and Nichole Gornowich (right photo)

McLaren Thumb Region, part of McLaren Health Care and the critical access hospital expanding care to its community, and its McLaren Thumb Region Auxiliary have awarded two college-bound high school seniors with partial scholarships.

An annual recognition, two scholarships are awarded to students who intend to continue their studies in a health care field, specifically toward a degree in nursing or certificate as an emergency medical technician.

The 2023 recipients:
Nichole Gornowich from Harbor Beach High School—plans to pursue a nursing degree at Oakland University.
Emma Hyzer from North Huron High School—plans to pursue a nursing degree at Grand Valley State University.

“To seek a career in health care takes dedication and commitment, but more than anything, it’s a sign that this individual has a desire to help and care for others,” said Connie Koutouzos, President and CEO of McLaren Caro Region and McLaren Thumb Region. “The quality these students display make them very deserving, and we wish them the very best in their higher education and career pursuits.”

Working with local high school guidance counselors and led by chair Marj Wehner, the McLaren Thumb Region Auxiliary accept and review all scholarship applications, taking into consideration each applicant’s service to the community, academic achievement, and a submitted essay in which he or she define the reason they chose their area of study.

The McLaren Thumb Region Auxiliary will award scholarships next year to the class of 2024. Students can learn more about the application process by asking their counselor.

Learn more about McLaren Thumb Region and its range of services at

About McLaren Thumb Region
McLaren Thumb Region is a not-for-profit provider of integrated healthcare. Founded in 1906 as Hubbard Hospital, it is a 58-bed full service acute care hospital located in Bad Axe, Michigan. McLaren Thumb Region serves the residents of Huron, Sanilac and Tuscola Counties and is committed to helping to shape the future of health care. Learn more at

About McLaren Health Care
McLaren Health Care, headquartered in Grand Blanc, Michigan, is a $6.6 billion, fully integrated health care delivery system committed to quality, evidence-based patient care and cost efficiency. The McLaren system includes 13 hospitals in Michigan, ambulatory surgery centers, imaging centers, a 490-member employed primary and specialty care physician network, commercial and Medicaid HMOs covering more than 732,838 lives in Michigan and Indiana, home health, infusion and hospice providers, pharmacy services, a clinical laboratory network and a wholly owned medical malpractice insurance company. McLaren operates Michigan’s largest network of cancer centers and providers, anchored by the Karmanos Cancer Institute, one of only 53 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the U.S. McLaren has 28,000 full-, part-time and contracted employees and more than 113,000 network providers throughout Michigan, Indiana and Ohio. Learn more at