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Hansen-Turton receives
International Alumni Award

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Tine Hansen-Turton, a 1992 Slippery Rock University graduate who has been instrumental in advocating for the nurse-practitioner health care model, is the Slippery Rock University Alumni Association's 2010 Distinguished International Alumni recipient. She was reared in Copenhagen, Denmark, and became an American citizen in 2002.

"When I first came to the U.S. and SRU close to two decades ago, the freedoms and opportunities available to Americans invigorated me," she said. "My first year at Slippery Rock, from 1989-1990, was pivotal. Many of my fellow students at SRU were the first in their families to go to college, and they worked hard to earn a degree and get a break in life. I admired them because they had passion and an urge to pursue a different and more prosperous life than their parents. "I owe my success in the U.S. to these amazing students, the faculty and administrators at Slippery Rock University, and am deeply honored by this award."

Hansen-Turton is executive director of the National Nursing Centers Consortium association in Philadelphia. She helps to set up nurse-managed centers around the country and provides advice on fundraising, program development and health education.

Hansen-Turton also serves as vice president of the Health Care Access and Policy for Philadelphia Health Management Corp., a nonprofit public health institute that provides technical assistance to nonprofit organizations.

Her professional advocacy accomplishes are many. She has been involved in ensuring that advanced practice registered nurses and physician assistants were defined as primary care providers in Pennsylvania laws and advocated for reforms that gave nurse practitioners the authority to prescribe medicines.

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She has received several awards. In 2005, Hansen-Turton received the Eisenhower Fellowship for traveling to New Zealand to support the growth and development or nurses providing primary care. She also received the Philadelphia Business Journal's Under 40 Leadership Award.

Hansen-Tourton publishes in many peer-review professional healthcare and legal journals and is a regular presenter at local, state and national health care conferences. She is co-author of "Community and Nurse-Managed Health Centers: Getting them Started and Keeping them Going," published by Springer Publications, and an American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award winner.

Hansen-Turton is a member of several organizations such as The Forum for Executive Women, and the American and Pennsylvania Public Health Association. She was recently inducted as a Fellow in the Philadelphia College of Physicians, founded by founding father Benjamin Rush. She is a trustee at the Chestnut Hill Healthcare Conversion Foundation. She also serves on numerous local and statewide advisory boards.

Hansen-Turton received her bachelor's degree in political science from SRU, her master's degree in government administration from University of Pennsylvania Fels Institute and her juris doctor from Temple University Beasley School of Law.

SRU's Alumni Association also named five Distinguished Alumni for 2010. They are Ann Wuenschel, '76, '06, a physical therapist; Dennis Rieglnegg, '72, president of Saint Joseph's College; Richard Hudson, an educator with the University of Georgia; Robert Murray, '71, a sports scientist; and Patrick Cappatt, '73, an accountant.