Brittney Edwards, Marketing Coordinator
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Frontier Nursing University Honors 75 Pioneers for Healthcare as part of 75th Anniversary
LEXINGTON, KY – From the Founder of Frontier Nursing University; to the first nurse to receive a MacArthur Fellowship; and a leader who made contributions in maternal-child health in Mexico, West Africa and Egypt; Frontier graduates, leaders and supporters make profound differences around the world. To mark Frontier’s 75th anniversary, 75 pioneers for healthcare are recognized for their contributions to nurse-midwifery and advanced practice nursing.
“The 75 honorees demonstrate the power of individuals to make a difference in their communities and around the world. These honorees represent the thousands of alumni, Couriers, faculty, preceptors and donors who have positively impacted Frontier Nursing University since 1939,” says Frontier President Dr. Susan Stone. “The honorees brought Frontier to where it is today and will continue to mentor new leaders for another 75 years.”
- 2011 Frontier Graduate Jan Stalder is a search and rescue nurse who has witnessed the aftermath of devastating tragedies, including the 9/11 attacks, the Columbia Space Shuttle recovery and Hurricane Katrina. Today, in addition to working as a family nurse practitioner in in McKinney, Texas, Ms. Stalder serves as a firefighter and paramedic. She is also a founding member of Texas 4 DMAT (a federal disaster medical assistance team), having served as a supervisory nurse manager with that team at Ground Zero.
- After beginning her journey to become a Frontier midwife in 2011, the late Virginia “Ginny” McAlister was diagnosed with a rare and fast-growing cervical cancer. Through surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, Ms. McAlister continued to take classes. She was mere hours from finishing her clinical training and graduating when her health began to decline rapidly. More than 700 Frontier students petitioned the administration to award Ms. McAlister an honorary degree. She was presented the Master's of Science in Nursing Degree Honoris Causa on February 7, 2014 and passed away February 8. Because of the support of Ms. McAlister’s fellow students, faculty, staff, friends & family, the Virginia McAlister Scholarship has been established at Frontier.
- Nadene Brunk is a nurse-midwifery alumnus from Class 8. She founded Midwives for Haiti, a nonprofit that educates Haitian women in prenatal care and skilled birth assistance. Ms. Brunk hopes to reduce maternal and infant mortality in Haiti, which is deemed the most dangerous place in the Western hemisphere to give birth.
Dr. Stone adds, “Several people have asked us how they can thank the honorees for their service. We created a way to make an online gift in the name of the honoree they prefer.” To do so, type in the name of the honoree in the “Honoree Name” field of this page, http://www.frontier.edu/donate.
Honorees were chosen based on criteria including long-term leadership and service to Frontier, dedication to serving the communities served by Frontier, and contributions to the University’s academic success and impact in the field.
In addition to recognizing the 75 honorees, numerous events are set for the 75th anniversary. Frontier alumni, students, faculty, staff, preceptors, friends and supporters are invited to attend a full weekend of events on October 3-5. Complete details, as well as registration links and accommodations, are available on www.PioneersForHealthcare.org.
About Frontier Nursing University
For 75 years, Frontier Nursing University, with its heart in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky, has educated nursing and midwifery leaders who have touched the lives of children and families across the nation and around the globe. Our master’s and doctoral programs educate nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners in the primary care of women and families with an emphasis on rural and underserved populations. By utilizing distance-learning methods, Frontier makes graduate-level education accessible to nurses in all areas, and ultimately fosters accessibility to quality healthcare by graduating advanced-practice providers to work in underserved communities. Learn more: www.Frontier.edu and www.PioneersForHealthcare.org
A very special thank you to our 75th anniversary supporters:
Underwriter: Breckinridge Capital Advisors
Bronze: Neace Lukens and Merrill Lynch
Howard Heating & Air
American Association of Birth Centers
Women's Care of the Bluegrass