Say, "Hi" to Jennifer!
Getting to Know Jennifer Hebra!
The first exposure Jennifer Duncan Hebra (pictured with her son, Andre) had to the Medical University of South Carolina was at birth! She was born at MUSC to a Mother who was a nurse at the hospital. Many times while growing up she visited the hospital with her Mother while she attended continuing educational classes and took care of post partum patients.
Jennifer started working at MUSC in the summer of 1984 when she was a Nurse Extern on the general surgery floor. She immediately fell in love with the care of critically ill burned patients and she became a burn intensive care nurse upon graduation from Clemson with her BSN degree.
Later, Jennifer earned her Master of Science of Nursing and her Master of Business degrees and throughout the years held several clinical, educational and leadership roles in nursing. In fact, the Burn unit is where Jennifer met her husband of twenty years, Andre Hebra. It is from Andre that Jennifer developed her love and passion for the Children’s Hospital. Andre always wanted to be a surgeon for children and his pursuit of that dream lead Jennifer and Andre to Philadelphia to complete training after he completed his residency at MUSC in general surgery.
Six years of their marriage was spent in St. Petersburg, Florida, where Jennifer worked in Andre’s office in caring for pediatric surgical patients. She also volunteered for the All Children’s Hospital Guild in Florida and got firsthand experience in grassroots fundraising for a children’s hospital. In the summer of 2007, Andre and Jennifer returned to Charleston and Andre returned to his alma mater, MUSC. Jennifer immediately sought involvement in fundraising at the MUSC Children’s Hospital, but realized there was not an organized “guild."
With the help of Barbara Rivers, Jennifer teamed up with Laurie Lynn Smith to begin effort to organize a Guild. There was enthusiastic and immediate support of eleven women and they adopted the name of “Friends of the MUSC Children’s Hospital.” In the first year, the group grew to more than 60 members and the group is beginning to establish a formidable presence in Charleston.
The main intension of forming the Friend’s group was to provide an avenue for people in the community to engage in activities that benefit the Children’s Hospital. All of this is made possible through the generosity of private donors, like YOU, in the community, who give unselfishly, knowing their families may never need our help.