The Janice Drake CRNA Humanitarian Award is presented to a CRNA who volunteers and provides anesthesia, education and training in needy areas of the United States and overseas. Click here to read a message from Janice Drake, founder of the Humanitarian Award on why she started her endowment fund.
Drake CRNA Humanitarian Award is presented to a CRNA who volunteers and
provides anesthesia, education, and training in needy areas of the United
States and overseas. The winner of the 2016 Janice Drake CRNA Humanitarian
Award is Richard Henker, PhD, RN, CRNA, FAAN. Henker works at UPMC-Presbyterian
Hospital in Pittsburgh and provides anesthesia care at hospitals worldwide. In
addition, he has been a guest lecturer and visiting professor at universities
around the globe, including eight universities in Japan alone. He serves as a
site reviewer for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, and a member
of the American Nurses Association Committee on Nursing Practice Standards and
Guidelines. He is on the Board of Directors for Health Volunteers Overseas and
the program co-director for the Nurse Anesthesia Overseas HVO site at Lao
Friends Hospital for Children. Dedication to serving others who are less
fortunate, whether through education or by providing anesthesia, exemplifies
his character and makes Richard more than deserving of this award.
Previous Humanitarians of the Year
2012 - Ronda L. Davis, MSN, CRNA
2013 - Marion W. Njoroge, MS, CRNA
2014 - Erin M. Cushing, MS, CRNA
2015 - Mary Kay Thomas, BS, CRNA
Application materials for the Janice Drake CRNA Humanitarian Award.