CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. —Take Care Health Systems’ Sandy Ryan, who has been instrumental in the growth and success of the convenient care industry as the industry’s first chief nurse practitioner, has been honored by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners for her outstanding contributions to health care.
The AANP honored Ryan as a 2009 Fellow during the 24th AANP National Conference in Nashville, Tenn., in June.
Ryan, who has more than 25 years of nursing experience and 16 years of leadership experience in the U.S. Air Force, is an industry trailblazer. She leads Take Care’s clinical forces, including nearly 1,300 board certified nurse practitioners and physician assistants.
“We’re incredibly fortunate to have a leader and healthcare professional of Sandy’s caliber at Take Care Health Systems,” stated 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 healthcare crisis that’s currently facing the United States.”
Added Tine Hansen-Turton, executive director of the Convenient Care Association, “Sandy’s leadership and clinical expertise has been extremely valuable in shaping the convenient care industry as we strive to provide true healthcare access points for millions of [Americans]. The [AANP’s recognition] is well deserved as Sandy continues to be a powerful voice in the healthcare community, creating the framework to allow nurse practitioners to do what they do best—compassionately and holistically treat patients.”