Mona Counts Named President-Elect of American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

May 9, 2005

(University Park, Pa) — Dr. Mona M. Counts, Eloiuse Ross Eberly Professor of Nursing at Penn State, has been elected president-elect of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She will serve a one-year term as president-elect and then serve as president of the organization beginning in 2006.

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Formed in 1985, AANP is the largest and only full-service professional membership organization in the United States for nurse practitioners of all specialties. Since that time, AANP has steadily expanded services in order to promote excellence in nurse practitioner practice, education and research; advance health policy for access to high quality, cost effective healthcare for all; serve as a resource for nurse practitioners, the healthcare community and consumers; and be a leader in the national and global community.

AANP currently has about 17,600 individual members and more than 100 group members. Through its various membership categories, AANP represents the interests of more than 85,000 practicing nurse practitioners in the United States.

In addition to teaching rural family nursing practice to students enrolled in the Penn State Family Nurse Practitioner Program, Counts is the brainchild behind the Mt. Morris Primary Care Center in Greene County, Pennsylvania. Opened in 1994, the center provides primary healthcare services to more than 5,000 patients in southwestern Pennsylvania and West Virginia — one of the poorer sections in Appalachia.

Since that time, Countsí efforts have garnered a great deal of attention at the national level. In 2002, for example, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson named Counts a National Primary Health Care Policy Fellow and appointed her to a national panel of healthcare leaders that addressed serious issues relating to the cost, quality and delivery of primary healthcare services.

In 2003, Counts received the Cherokee Uniforms Inspired Comfort Award, which is given to select winners based on their exceptional service, sacrifice and innovation in the healthcare profession. In July 2004, Mona was profiled as an “Everyday Hero” by Readerís Digest. Everyday Heroes is a monthly feature that profiles “ordinary citizens who perform extraordinary acts at great personal risk or sacrifice.”

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Editors: Dr. Counts can be reached at (724) 627-7557 or mmc18@psu.edu. For additional information, please contact Bill Hessert, director of college relations for the College of Health and Human Development, at (814) 863-4325 or swh4@psu.edu.