The Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) recently announced that President and Chief Executive Officer and Seton Hall University alumna Mary Ann Christopher, MSN, RN, FAAN, was honored with the prestigious 2012 American Nurses Association (ANA) Honorary Rights Award in Washington, D.C.
The Honorary Human Rights Award was presented to Christopher in recognition of her continued outstanding commitment to human rights and for effectively exemplifying the essence of nursing's philosophy about humanity. “From my very first days in the profession, as a nurse in the field, it was the human connection that affected me most,” says Christopher. “To be recognized by the ANA for bringing communities and people together in ways that ensure better health and more enriching lives is truly an honor. What a privilege and a delight it is to be acknowledged by an organization that means so much to me personally and has been such a guiding force in my life.”
Christopher, an ‘83 graduate of the Master of Science in Nursing program at Seton Hall, “is an extraordinary leader whose vision for innovations in health care has made a significant impact on the advancement of healthcare,” says Phyllis Hansell, Dean of the College of Nursing. She adds, “I am quite proud to have served as her professor in multiple courses when she was an MSN student at Seton Hall.”
As the former President and Chief Executive Officer of the Visiting Nurse Association Health Group in New Jersey, Christopher spearheaded the development of a unique array of services, including a system of nurse-centered mobile-outreach clinics for at-risk populations in homeless shelters and transitional homes, and forged vital partnerships with the American Red Cross and the emergency response system in New Jersey, partnerships that were replicated in Texas and Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina.
As current President and CEO of VNSNY, Christopher holds an expansive platform from which she focuses on human rights issues. Her vision for the organization includes forging new partnerships and building on existing alliances with nursing organizations, hospitals, physicians and social service organizations far beyond New York City to ensure access to health care and more efficient and sustainable systems for all.
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