Betty Dean A Legacy Lives On

New Scholarship Honors Betty Dean

Betty Dean was passionate about providing great care to patients — and she was instrumental in bringing Planetree to Enloe Medical Center.

After seeing the philosophy that aims to personalize, humanize and demystify health care in action during a trip to Stamford Medical Center in Connecticut, Dean brought back what she learned, and Enloe began exploring Planetree, eventually becoming a Planetree hospital.

“Betty was a wonderful role model and friend to Enloe Medical Center. She was looked upon as one of a kind. We will be forever grateful,” said Enloe’s Chief Nursing Officer Connie Rowe, RN.

Dean, a former Enloe board chair, died on Aug. 24 at the age of 79 after a battle with cancer.

“The impact she had on Enloe will never be forgotten,” said Jolene Francis, Enloe’s director of Advancement & Communications. Dean was the first registered nurse to serve as Enloe’s board chair and she served on several Enloe committees, including the Planning Committee, which was instrumental in the Century Project — an initiative that expanded Enloe Medical Center, adding more patient beds and revitalizing Enloe’s Emergency and Trauma department.


 But beyond all of her many accomplishments and contributions, Betty Dean was a wonderful human being who cared very deeply about patients and their care," said Jolene Francis, Enloe’s director of Advancement & Communications.

To honor Dean and her contributions, the Enloe Foundation created a new scholarship in her name with her husband, Clyde Powers. It will assist Enloe employees who are attending nursing school, Francis said.

It makes sense. Education played an important role in Dean’s life. She held a Doctor of Education degree and a master’s in Medical-Surgical Nursing, in addition to her bachelor’s degree and RN diploma. She was superintendent-president of Butte-Glenn Community College and served in leadership positions in other community colleges throughout California. Simpson College named the Betty M. Dean School of Nursing in her honor in 2016. Dean was also involved in many professional organizations and activities over the years.

“But beyond all of her many accomplishments and contributions, Betty Dean was a wonderful human being who cared very deeply about patients and their care,” Francis noted. “She will be missed.”

Dean is survived by her husband, three stepdaughters and nine grandchildren.

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