The healing power of nurses is the theme that ties together our honorees at the From the Heart gala set for Saturday, October 5:
U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-14th District, is the first woman, the first person of color, and the first millennial to represent her community in Congress. She is the youngest African American woman to serve in the United States House of Representatives, and is also an RN, proving once again that, nurses are some of the most inspiring people on the planet.
As a career public servant at HHS, she helped implement the Affordable Care Act — broadening access for those on Medicare, improving healthcare quality, and reforming private insurance. Congresswoman Underwood also taught future nurse practitioners through Georgetown University’s online master’s program.
Rush University College of Nursing Professor Kathy Delaney directs the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program and serves as project director for Rush’s Graduate Nursing Education Demonstration. As a medical leader at Rush University, Delaney has been a close partner of Heartland Health Centers in developing our nurse practitioner program.
Over the course of her career, she has been interested in inpatient psychiatric treatment environments, particularly assuring safe environments by proactive approaches, engagement and creating patient-centered cultures of care. She is the recipient of numerous awards including Excellence in Education, Rush Faculty Excellence Awards, 2018; Annie W. Goodrich Distinguished Lectureship Award, Institute of Living Hartford, CT, 2018 and Rush College of Nursing, Distinguished Alumni Award, 2018. She is a board member of Community Care Alliance of Illinois.
VNA Foundation, to be accepted by Board Chair Nancy Scinto
VNA’s roots go back to 1890, when Jane Addams and other courageous and pioneering women founded The Visiting Nurse Association of Chicago, which employed its own nurses and other health professionals to provide care to the underprivileged. In 1995, VNA transitioned to a private, independent foundation focusing 100% of their efforts on providing financial support to nonprofit organizations offering home- and community-based health services to the underserved.
Heartland Health Centers is proud to be able to recognize VNA Foundation as a partner and supporter of our work as well as the efforts of others across the region to increase access to quality health care for all.
Heartland Health Centers’ registered nurses, nurse practitioners, and other types of nurses are at the heart of quality care we provide our more than 26,000 patients each year. We look forward to celebrating their work at our event.