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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. - The Bethel Deaconess Hospital/Bethel College Nursing Alumni Association will present its Outstanding Alumnus Award to Lynn Unruh, Orlando, Fla., at the annual Bethel College Alumni Association banquet on campus May 19.

Unruh is an associate professor in the health services administration program in the Department of Health Professions, College of Health and Public Affairs, at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. She currently lives in Princeton, N.J., having received a year-long Robert Wood Johnson Foundation fellowship in nursing policy and philanthropy, August 2006-August 2007.

She is also a co-investigator in a study on “Nurse Staffing and Nursing Care Quality: Longitudinal Analysis of Nursing Home Deficiencies,” as part of a four-year project that started in 2003. The project, with T. Wan as principal investigator, was funded at $800,000 by the National Institute of Nursing Research, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

She has been the recipient of numerous other grants and contract awards and is the author or co-author of dozens of peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and presentations.

Unruh received her diploma and license in nursing from the Bethel Deaconess Hospital nursing program in 1973 and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Illinois in 1988. She earned a B.A. in economics from the University of Illinois, an M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Notre Dame, and Licensed Health Care Risk Manager credentials from the University of Central Florida.

Between 1973 and 2000, Unruh served at various times as a staff nurse in neonatal intensive care, a charge nurse in a pediatrics unit and as a staff and charge nurse in pediatric intensive care, as well as a staff nurse for a visiting nurses association and a staff nurse in hospital renal care.

In her current teaching position, at both the graduate and undergraduate level, courses include Microeconomics for Public Policy, Managed Care, Health Economics, Health-care Finance, Issues and Trends in the Health Professions, Risk Management, Long Term Care and Administration, and The U.S. Health-care System.

The BDH/BCNAA Outstanding Alumnus Award is given on the basis of dedication to the nursing profession, demonstrated leadership ability and creativity, and outstanding professionalism, to an alumnus who has promoted and elevated the general nursing image and is held in high regard by peers and the community. Unruh will receive the award at the college’s Alumni Banquet, 6 p.m., Saturday, May 19, in Memorial Hall. For reservations, contact Thresher Bookstore in Schultz Student Center, (316) 284-5205.

Bethel College is a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. Founded in 1887, it is the oldest Mennonite college in North America. Bethel is known for its academic excellence and has been named a Top Tier college by U.S. News & World Report every year since 1998. For more information, see the Bethel web site at www.bethelks.edu.

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