FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Information: Janet D'Alesandro (856) 256-2422; firstname.lastname@example.org American Nephrology Nurses Association Honors Glenda Payne for Outstanding Service PITMAN, NJ The American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA) has awarded Glenda M. Payne, MS, RN, CNN, with the associations highest honor, the Outstanding Contribution to ANNA Award. Payne, of Duncanville, TX, is a nurse consultant, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in Dallas, TX. Payne received her award at the Nephrology Nurse Day Luncheon on April 4, during ANNAs 37th National Symposium in Nashville, TN. She received a lifetime ANNA membership, an ANNA logo pin and a plaque. Payne, who has served ANNA at the national, regional and local levels, was cited for her pioneering efforts to achieve optimal care for patients with kidney disease in Texas. To reach this goal, Payne has helped bring together ANNA, the State Agency, the ESRD Network of Texas, CMS, doctors, nurses, technicians and dialysis providers to collaborate on patient care initiatives in the state. Payne was also instrumental in the development of the Texas Department of State Health Services Licensing Rules and Regulations for dialysis facilities. In addition to her work in Texas, Payne also recruited volunteers after hurricanes Katrina and Rita hit the United States last year. She helped coordinate response efforts so the people affected by the hurricanes received life-saving dialysis treatments. Payne has also traveled extensively to speak about regulatory issues involving nephrology and presented at many ANNA national conferences. A major impetus of that work has been to build credibility for state surveyors and to present a collaborative focus, enabling surveyors and providers to work together to improve the care kidney patients receive. Glenda has worked tirelessly for ANNA, said ANNA President JoAnne Gilmore, BSN, RN, CNN. This award is a token of our appreciation for her dedication to the association and the nephrology community. For more information about ANNA, visit the associations Web site, www.annanurse.org; call 888-600-2662 or 856-256-2320; fax 856-589-7463; or e-mail email@example.com. # # # ANNA is a professional nursing association with over 12,000 members. Its mission is to advance nephrology nursing practice and positively influence outcomes for patients with kidney disease processes requiring replacement therapies through advocacy, scholarship and excellence.