CONSHOHOCKEN, Penn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) honored Sandra Festa Ryan, RN, MSN, CPNP and chief nurse practitioner officer at Take Care Health Systems, as a 2009 Fellow of the AANP (FAANP) this past weekend at the 24th AANP National Conference in Nashville, Tenn. The FAANP program recognizes nurse practitioner leaders who have made outstanding contributions to health care through nurse practitioner clinical practice, research, education or policy, providing a forum to extend and enhance such efforts.
One of six founding officers at Take Care Health Systems, Ryan was the first chief nurse practitioner officer in the convenient care industry. She currently leads nearly 1,300 board certified nurse practitioners and physician assistants who practice at Take Care Clinics – walk-in clinics located at 345 Walgreens drugstores in 19 states that provide access to high-quality, convenient and affordable health care services. Ryan has played an integral role in the development and implementation of integrated technology, quality assurance programs and evidenced-based guidelines to create a consistent and unprecedented patient-focused experience for those who seek treatment at Take Care Clinics.
“We’re incredibly fortunate to have a leader and health care professional of Sandy’s caliber at Take Care Health Systems,” said Peter Miller, president and CEO of Take Care Health Systems. “Her pioneering spirit and vast array of experience has allowed us to harness the diversified skill-set and patient-centric knowledge of the nurse practitioner community, which in turn enables us to become part of a solution to the health care crisis that’s currently facing the United States.”
Ryan serves as chair of the Clinical Advisory Board of the Convenient Care Association (CCA), the industry’s trade organization, where she was instrumental in developing the CCA’s Ten Quality and Safety Standards and implementing a third-party certification process for these standards. She also sits on the association’s board. To address the educational needs of nurse practitioners in the convenient care industry, Ryan helped to orchestrate the first ever Retail Clinician Education Congress, fostering camaraderie and support within the NP community for the emerging model of health care.
“Sandy’s leadership and clinical expertise has been extremely valuable in shaping the convenient care industry as we strive to provide true health care access points for millions of individuals and families throughout the United States,” said Tine Hansen-Turton, executive director of the Convenient Care Association. “The recognition of Sandy by the AANP is well deserved as she continues to be a powerful voice in the health care community, creating the framework to allow nurse practitioners to do what they do best – compassionately and holistically treat patients.”
Ryan has over 25 years of nursing experience in various clinical, management and leadership settings. She is a nationally certified pediatric nurse practitioner with 16 years of leadership experience in the United States Air Force as a nurse corps officer, working as a clinician, charge nurse and director of ambulatory services in inpatient and outpatient settings. In 2007 Ryan received the Nancy Sharp Cutting Edge Award by the American College of Nurse Practitioners, presented to an individual who has demonstrated extraordinary belief in NPs and contributed to the efforts to improve the image and visibility of the profession.
As a FAANP, Ryan will continue to contribute to the mission of the AANP by promoting the role of the nurse practitioner as a provider of quality, cost-effective health care.
About Take Care Health Systems
Take Care Health Systems (www.takecarehealthsystem.com), a wholly owned subsidiary of Walgreens and part of Walgreens Health and Wellness division, is the largest and most comprehensive manager of convenient care clinics and worksite health and wellness centers in the country. TCHS is comprised of Take Care Consumer Solutions (www.takecarehealth.com) and Take Care Health Employer Solutions (www.takecareemployersolutions.com). Take Care Consumer Solutions manages Take Care Clinics at select Walgreens drugstores throughout the country. Patient care at each of the Take Care Clinics is provided by Take Care Health Services, an independently owned state professional corporation established in each market. Take Care Health Employer Solutions manages primary care, health and wellness, occupational health, pharmacy and fitness centers at large employer campuses. Combined, Take Care Health Systems manages more than 700 worksite and retail health care centers.
About the AANP
The AANP was founded in 1985 and is the largest, full-service national professional organization for nurse practitioners of all specialties. AANP represents the interests of the approximately 125,000 nurse practitioners around the country. AANP continually advocates for the active role of nurse practitioners as providers of high-quality, cost-effective health care. For more information about AANP, visit www.aanp.org.