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Rush NP honored nationally as top volunteer


Lynne T. Braun, CNP, PhD, FAHA, FAAN, a nurse practitioner in the Preventive Cardiology Center and the Heart Center for Women at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, was honored June 22 as the American Heart Association’s Healthcare Volunteer of the Year.

Braun, who also is a professor at the Rush University College of Nursing, received the award in Irving, Texas, at the AHA Awards Luncheon. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to the care of cardiovascular disease and stroke patients or to improvements in healthcare delivery.

“I’m honored and humbled to be chosen for this award,” Braun said in a news release. “My volunteer work has been driven by my passion for improving cardiovascular health.”

Braun began volunteering with the AHA in the early 1980s as a CPR instructor and since then has served on multiple committees and as a member of the AHA’s metro Chicago board of directors. She makes regular presentations about heart disease to groups, particularly African-American women in churches and sororities, as part of Go Red for Women, the AHA’s educational initiative to raise women’s awareness and understanding of heart disease. •

“We are very proud of Lynne and everything she has done in the fight against heart disease, both as a clinician and an educator preparing our students to become nursing leaders themselves,” said Melanie Dreher, RN, PhD, dean of the Rush University College of Nursing.


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