Gary Cooke
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January 22, 2013
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Nursing executive Crin Stanford awarded Curtis Grimes Leadership Award

Longtime nursing executive Crin Stanford has been awarded the Curtis Grimes Perpetual Leadership Award by the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation.

The award was presented at the foundation’s annual dinner meeting that took place Jan. 16 at the Miners Foundry, where the organization also named Ann Hendricks as Humanitarian of the Year, Corinne Pryor as Volunteer of the Year and SPD Markets as Business of the Year.

Kimberly Parker, foundation executive director, said the Grimes award honors “an incredible man whose vision and dedication helped launch our foundation.” It is given annually “to an individual for his or her dedication to our hospital, the foundation and the health of our community.”

Stanford joined SNMH as an ICU staff nurse in 1977 and subsequently took on many leadership roles that led to her retirement in 2001 as vice president and chief nursing officer. In her retirement, she served on the hospital’s governing board, where she was instrumental in obtaining more than $425,000 in federal appropriations to establish a community-wide electronic health record program.

While she served on the board, the hospital also added a linear accelerator at the Comprehensive Community Cancer Center, allowing access to treatment for more local patients.

She said her proudest achievement was helping to develop the Board Quality Committee that oversees patient care delivered by employees and the medical staff.

After her board tenure, Stanford resumed her duties as vice president and chief nursing officer while the hospital searched for a permanent replacement for that position, which has now been filled.

Hendricks received the Glaister A. Dawkins Humanitarian Award for her international efforts to provide dental and medical care to children in Mexico and New Guinea. She took leadership in the Nevada City 49er Breakfast Rotary Club in partnering with another organization to fund a dental project in Mexico, growing into the volunteer construction of a medical facility in San Jose de la Zora. Her efforts also led to construction of a dental facility that serves an orphanage near Ensenada. More recently, she has been engaged in a construction effort in Papua, New Guinea, and has linked children in Seven Hills Middle School with students there, providing hygiene kits and bags.

Pryor was honored for her years of service since the SNMH Foundation was created in 1984. She is credited with heading a team of volunteers that launched Starry, Starry Nights and the Sierra Silver Ball, which have become signature fundraising events. The award also cites her as the innovator of the All the Raj formal in 2011. In addition to supporting the foundation, Pryor has worked as a volunteer with Rotary, Music in the Mountains and Friends of Hospice.

SPD Markets was recognized for its longtime support of foundation events and the hospital, as well as many other local nonprofit organizations through its e-script card program that generates more than $100,000 a year in various donations. The firm was also cited for supporting the Heart of Gold campaign, and the campaign to raise funds for a new linear accelerator.

All physicians providing care for patients at SNMH are members of the medical staff and are independent practitioners, not employees of the hospital.

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