Cherokee Uniforms has announced the winners of its 10th annual Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award. The award honors healthcare professionals who have affected the lives of others through extraordinary care, sacrifice and innovation, while serving as an inspiration to others, according to a news release.
The Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award further recognizes the significant contribution of these professionals to todays society, while reinforcing their vital roles in keeping Americans healthy.
The 2012 Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award winners include Grand Prize Winner Linda Wyman-Collins, RN, BSN, RNC-NIC, Medical Center of Lewisville (Texas). A clinician, lobbyist, educator, community activist and volunteer, Wyman-Collins has dedicated herself to improving the lives of others in an area of medicine very personal to her — hemophilia. Wyman-Collins passion and commitment to educating the community and healthcare professionals about bleeding disorders is seen through the legislation, education and awareness efforts she has championed, according to the release. Her dedication to this cause, a condition she lives with, is exemplified by opting to work the night shift in order to volunteer countless hours (more than 1,000 in 2011) during the day, including lobbying for funding for hemophilia treatment centers in the U.S. Among her many notable achievements, she successfully lobbied the Texas Legislature for the reestablishment of the Texas Bleeding Disorders Advisory Council, which advises government entities on key data and outcomes.
The grand prize winner receives an all-expenses-paid Caribbean cruise for two and a $500 donation in his or her name to the DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune SYstem) Foundation, among other prizes. Additionally, Cherokee Uniforms will donate $1 for each nomination received during the 2012 nomination period to Nurses House, a national fund that provides short-term financial assistance to RNs facing hardships.