For 3 South nurse Anna Hanson, it is not enough to care for the patients who come to her. She is inspired to travel around the world to help the patients most in need. Hanson’s incredible outreach efforts throughout the globe made her Community Service Nurse of the Year.
“Anna has been a remarkable asset to her team and to the hospital for the past three years,” said Leann Zerkel, vice president of Nursing. “She has an incredible heart to care for those in need at the hospital and around the world.”
Hanson traveled in 2010 to Belize, where she worked to build a new library for the children in Punta Gorda. She traveled to Haiti in May 2012, working in a one-room, 16-bed pediatric unit at the only critical care hospital in Port-Au-Prince. Each day she treated patients and worked to create a healing environment while navigating language and cultural barriers.
Hanson traveled to work in another hospital in November 2012, this time in Ghana, Africa. While in Africa, Hanson’s primary focus was on education—concentrating on blood pressure, diabetes, nutrition for children and prenatal/postnatal care.
In February 2013, Hanson traveled to Costa Rica to promote awareness of human trafficking and child abuse. Her next trip, to Kenya, will focus on guiding patients through treatment and diagnosis of many diseases. She will work to promote a healthy lifestyle and travel to remote locations to set up clinics.
Jami Anderson from the PICU was the other exceptional nominee for a Community Service Nurse of the Year. Thank you, Jami, for your contributions!