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RI donor, scholarship winner reconnect in hospital room

Donor reaps what she sows

Carol Horstmann, 81, got what she had coming to her this year. Following a cardiac procedure at Trinity Heart Center, she was admitted to a patient room. There, she received care from a nurse she helped educate. 

The nurse was Bailey O'Brien, RN, recipient of the scholarship Carol and husband, Jim, established at Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences.

Bailey, who graduated from Trinity College in 2014, says the scholarship made all the difference to her.

"Trinity's nursing program is very challenging," she says. "There's no way I could have worked full time while I was in school. I'm extremely grateful to Carol and Jim."

"Amazing Coincidence"

Carol says it was she herself who turned out to be the fortunate one. "The fact that Bailey was my nurse was an amazing coincidence," she says. "She was kind and caring and wonderful. She has become a great nurse."

You never know when you're going to need help.

Today, Bailey works in the Emergency Department, a place she loves for its energy and intensity.

"You don't know what's going to come through the door," she says. "Chest pain, broken bones, strokes.

"I see people at their most vulnerable. They don't always understand what's going on. I explain what we're doing, and that our great team is here to help."

Carol says she's happy to have helped put such an excellent and compassionate nurse into the  emergency Department. Because you never know when you're going to need help.

Carol uses cath lab she helped build for Quad-Citians

While Carol was helping fund Bailey's education, she also was raising money to build the Friends of Trinity Cardiac Cath Lab. Although she worked to build it for the whole community, Carol ended up having her own cardiac procedure there.

"It's a wonderful resource for the community," she says. "I'm proud to have helped build it and fortunate it was there when I needed it."

Counting on your help

Students like Bailey depend upon the generosity of donors like Carol.

"It's amazing that there are people like Carol and Jim in the world," she says. "I'm extremely grateful to them, and to all Trinity donors. I'm working here today partly because of you."

Carol smiles.

"I love serving the Quad-City community," she says. "It's so gratifying to help other people."

Carol helps through her service with Friends of Trinity, as well, where she works to raise money for other scholarships and hospital needs.

Friends of Trinity is one of my favorite organizations," she says, "because its work benefits so many others. It helped me too."

"What was the chance of my benefiting from the scholarship or the Friends of Trinity Cath Lab? I certainly don't give money or time for a reward. But it happened."

Your gift matters

Scholarships at Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences are funded entirely by your philanthropy, with 100% of your contribution going directly to students.

We can't do it without you!

Your gift helps address the nursing shortage that looms nationally - as well as in the Quad Cities - by educating health care professionals to serve you when you need it.

By giving today, you and your loved ones will benefit tomorrow!

To join Carol in her support of health care students, or to make a gift in support of patient care, please click here.

To learn how you can make a difference by getting involved with Friends of Trinity, call Sarah Hill at (309) 779-2343. To hear more about our 29 existing scholarships – or to establish your own – please contact Pat Shouse at