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Published on January 27, 2011

Lansdale Hospital Announces Implementation of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners Program

Daniel J. Reavy, Director of External Affairs, Verizon Pennsylvania presents
the grant check to Nancy G. Hesse, RN, MSN, Chief Nursing Officer, Lansdale

From left to right:   Lt. Eric Schmitz & Chief Mark Toomey, Hatfield Police
Department; Daniel J. Reavy, Director of External Affairs, Verizon
Pennsylvania; Nancy G. Hesse, RN, MSN, Chief Nursing Officer, Lansdale
Hospital; Kendel Kidwell, MD, Chair, Emergency Medicine, Abington Health;
Christine Campbell RN, SANE Program Coordinator; Mary Whelan, RN,
Director of Emergency Services, Lansdale Hospital; Samantha Cauffman,
Assistant District Attorney, Montgomery County).

LANSDALE, PA (January 27, 2011) — Lansdale Hospital of Abington Health is pleased to announce a $12,000 grant from The Verizon Foundation to support the training of nurses and purchase of new equipment for the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program.  The SANE program supports the hospital’s emergency department in treating sexual assault victims from the local community.  SANE is a nationally accepted program which was developed to address the inadequacies in the traditional model for sexual assault medical evidentiary exams.

Abington Memorial Hospital introduced a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program in 2000.  The funding from the Verizon Foundation will support replication of the SANE program at Lansdale Hospital.  Funds dedicated toward Lansdale Hospital will be used to provide SANE training to nurses and purchase medical equipment needed to obtain evidence from victims. 

“We are grateful to the Verizon Foundation for helping us provide this important service of treating and healing victims of assault,” said Nancy Hesse, R.N., M.S.N., C.E.N., Chief Nursing Officer, Lansdale Hospital. 

“Verizon is committed to working with non-profit organizations in the community toward the education and prevention of domestic violence,” said Daniel J. Reavy, Director of External Affairs, Verizon Pennsylvania.  “We are pleased to partner with Lansdale Hospital and through the use of health care technology help victims of abuse. We’re proud to support a program that has a proven track record of helping those in need receive appropriate medical care.”

Lansdale Hospital is a 125-bed, non-profit, acute care hospital that provides a comprehensive range of inpatient and outpatient healthcare services.  The facility includes a 24-hour Emergency Department, a 13-bed Acute Rehabilitation Unit, two Sleep Centers and a Wound Care Center.  Owned and operated by Abington Health, Lansdale Hospital has more than 700 employees and a staff of more than 300 active physicians.

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