6/1/04 - American Nephrology Nurses' Association Awards Carolyn Latham for Outstanding Service

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 1, 2004

Contact: Janet D'Alesandro

856-256-2422; janetd@ajj.com

This press release is available electronically at www.annanurse.org

American Nephrology Nurses'
Association

Awards Carolyn Latham for
Outstanding Service

Pitman, NJ - The American Nephrology Nurses' Association (ANNA) recently presented Carolyn E. Latham, MSN, MBA, RN, CNN, with one of the association's
highest honors, the Outstanding Contribution to ANNA Award.

Ms. Latham, Vice President of Clinical Operations, Renal
Care Group, Nashville, TN, received her award at the Nephrology Nurse Day
Luncheon on April 17. The luncheon was held during ANNA's 35th National
Symposium, April 15-18, 2004, in Washington, DC.

Ms. Latham, who was ANNA's president in 1998-1999, was cited
for 26 years of service to the association as well as a professional career
dedicated to advancing nephrology nursing. She was also honored for her
commitment to educating other nurses; her compassion and high standards for
patient care; and her volunteer work for local networks and kidney
organizations. For the award, Ms. Latham received a lifetime membership to
ANNA.

Ms. Latham has over 27 years of nephrology nursing
experience in administration; management; medical device marketing and product
development; and clinical practice and education. She holds both Master of
Business Administration and Master of Science in Nursing degrees from the
University of Miami in Florida and is a certified nephrology nurse.

During her time with ANNA, Ms. Latham has served at the
national, regional, and local levels. As ANNA national president, Ms. Latham
was known for her "intelligence, grace, good humor, and courage," according to
ANNA President Lesley C. Dinwiddie, MSN, RN, FNP, CNN. Currently, Ms. Latham is
chairing the Management, Leadership, and Mentoring task force for ANNA's
Nephrology Nursing Shortage Summit. Ms. Dinwiddie said that this role is "very
appropriate for her, as she has thoroughly demonstrated mastery of all three of
these attributes in the selfless, graceful service that she has rendered to
ANNA."

During her term as president, Ms. Latham led initiatives to
update nephrology nursing clinical practice guidelines, promoted collaborations
with national renal-related groups, and helped strengthen ANNA's organizational
structure and enhance services. She served on the ANNA Board of Directors as a
regional vice president and chaired numerous national committees including
ANNA's National Program, Management/Education Seminars and Awards committees,
as well as the Administration, Corporate/Government and Hemodialysis Special
Interest Groups. She also served on the Professional Relations, Core Learning
Institute, Work Simplification and Learning Culture national committees. At the
local level, Ms. Latham served as president, president-elect, and program
chairperson of the Flamingo (formerly known as "Greater Miami") Chapter.

For more information about ANNA,
visit the association's Web site, www.annanurse.org. ANNA can also be reached at
888-600-2662, 856-256-2320; fax 856-589-7463; or via e-mail at anna@ajj.com.

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[Digital
picture of Carolyn Latham available upon request. Please e-mail
janetd@ajj.com.]

ANNA is a professional nursing association comprised
of more than 11,500 nephrology nurses. The association is dedicated to
advancing nephrology nursing practice and positively influencing outcomes for
patients with kidney or other disease processes requiring replacement therapies
through advocacy, scholarship, and excellence.