September 12, 2016
Cherie Elvin Memorial Fund helps local nurses further their education.
It’s been five years since the Reno Air Race tragedy and 2016 marks the second year a scholarship from the Cherie Elvin Memorial Fund will be awarded to a nurse at Renown Health. Members of the Elvin family will present the scholarship in a ceremony at Renown Regional Medical Center after visiting northern Nevada for the 2016 Reno National Championship Air Races.
Monday, September 19
9:00 a.m.
Tahoe Tower Lobby, Ground Floor
Renown Regional, 1155 Mill Street, Reno
Cherie Elvin was an air race fan and for 16 years she planned her family’s annual trip from Kansas to the Reno National Championship Air Races. The 2011 air race crash had an immeasurable impact on the entire Elvin family. Cherie, 73, lost her life, while Chuck, her husband of 52 years, their two sons and daughter-in-law all lost part of their right legs.
The family was treated at area hospitals and is still truly grateful for the care, kindness and support received in northern Nevada. The Elvin family wanted to do something to remember Cherie and help support nurses in our community, so they established an endowment that will award a scholarship annually to a local nurse in pursuit of higher education.
The second annual scholarship winner, Kristina Spitale-Efstratis, was selected out of more than 20 area nurses by a panel of judges including Cherie’s son, Bill, and daughter-in-law, Rachel. Spitale-Efstratis, an ICU nurse at Renown, is actively working on her Master’s degree to become a family nurse practitioner. She planned to be at the 2011 Air Races with her father (director of logistics for the Reno Air Races at the time), but cancelled last minute to finish her first patient care plan for nursing school. Thoughts of being at the Air Races and wondering if she would have been able to help people are the driving force pushing Spitale-Efstratis to pursue further education.
  • Bill and Rachel Elvin presenting the scholarship
  • Community members and care providers in attendance to show their support
All media must be escorted on hospital property. To ensure uninterrupted access to the event contact Public Relations at 775-691-7308 or Mill Street Parking is most convenient.

About Renown Health
Renown Health is a locally governed and locally owned, not-for-profit integrated healthcare network serving a 17-county region comprised of northern Nevada, Lake Tahoe and northeast California. Renown is one of the region’s largest private employers with a workforce of more than 6,000. It comprises three acute care hospitals, a rehabilitation hospital, skilled nursing, the area’s most comprehensive medical group and urgent care network, and the region’s largest and only locally owned not-for-profit insurance company, Hometown Health. Renown has a long tradition of being the first in the region to successfully perform leading-edge medical procedures. For more information, visit

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