Karen Sanchez, Class of 1997, has been selected as this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award recipient by the Bellin College Alumni Council. Sanchez was nominated by fellow alumna Donna Radcliff who says “Karen is a compassionate and experienced Family Nurse Practitioner and nursing leader with a demonstrated history of making a difference in the lives of the patients and communities she serves.”
Sanchez works for Outreach Healthcare-N.E.W. Community Clinic in downtown Green Bay where she serves the homeless and uninsured in Green Bay and the surrounding communities in Brown County.
“We were well prepared to serve as professional RNs upon transitioning from Bellin into our professional careers and often reflect on the excellent education we received,” Radcliff said.
“Karen is an advocate for the poor and the vulnerable and has made significant improvements by implementing the patient-centered medical home model in the Outreach Healthcare Clinic for the patients and populations in her care,” Radcliff said. “She is also a great role model for her patients and colleagues as she is an avid marathon runner, and a tireless advocate for improvements in healthcare delivery, especially for those who are underserved and uninsured.”
Sanchez will be honored at this year’s Alumni Homecoming on Sept. 12, held at the Green Bay Botanical Garden in Green Bay. For more information, or to register, see the Alumni Events page.
How does Karen Sanchez exemplify the Mission and Values of Bellin College?
» Commitment to lifelong learning — After earning her BSN at Bellin, Karen went on to earn a graduate degree in Nursing, is board certified, and she participates in annual nursing conferences to ensure excellence in nursing care. She is a sought-after nurse expert, serving as a preceptor to emerging nurse leaders and sharing her insights with fellow clinicians and community leaders to improve patient care delivery and reduce the costs of health care.
» Leadership — Karen has served as a community leader and advocate for the patients and populations she serves in Green Bay and Brown County. She is a strong nursing leader who has made significant improvements in the patient-centered medical home model of care; reducing hospital and ER admissions
and improving the health and well-being of her patients. She is a frequent guest lecturer, fostering a learning community for emerging nurses and health care professionals committed to improving healthcare practices.
» Integrity — Karen works with patients and populations in some of the most challenging of circumstances. Her compassionate respect of each patient and their families who are often homeless, suffering from mental illness, addiction and numerous co-morbidities requires the very highest integrity, and she demonstrates this value consistently as she serves her patients in this practice setting.
» Community — Karen’s nursing expertise as a Community Health FNP serving the poor and the vulnerable demonstrates her commitment to her community. Her partnership with educational organizations, health care delivery systems and grassroots organizations has resulted in improvements in healthcare delivery for the Green Bay and Brown County communities.
» Caring — Karen empowers her patients by caring for them in a holistic manner. She applies the nursing process in her professional life and works collaboratively in a patient-centered way. Her patients and the community benefit from Karen’s deeply compassionate care with patients and populations who are often
overlooked or marginalized. I marvel at her tireless advocacy for her patients.
» Excellence — Karen has demonstrated her excellence in nursing by ensuring evidence-based practice and she is a tireless researcher and problem solver. She exhibits this value daily as she cares for patients, measuring the clinical outcomes to ensure prevention of disease, and manages existing disease in partnership with her patients, keeping up to date with needed interventions and improving the health and well-being of her community.
— Donna L. Radcliff
MSN, RN, CPHIMS