Mary Kay Thomas Honored with AANA Foundation 2015 Janice Drake Humanitarian Award

  • Sep 3, 2015

For Immediate Release:  September 3, 2015    
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Park Ridge, Illinois – Mary Kay Thomas, CRNA, BS, was honored with the AANA Foundation 2015 Janice Drake Humanitarian Award during the Annual Congress of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA), August 29-September 1, 2015, in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The Janice Drake Humanitarian Award is presented to a CRNA who volunteers and provides anesthesia, education and training in needy areas of the United States or overseas. Drake is a CRNA who believes that the purpose of life is “to matter, to make a difference and to be useful to others.” She created the endowment for this award to encourage others to enrich the lives of others and in so doing, find their own fulfillment and purpose.
Thomas co-founded the MIMA Foundation, a nonprofit, non-denominational volunteer organization that sends healthcare workers to the underserved and needy in developing countries. MIMA comes from the Spanish “MIMAR,” which means “to care for.”
“The MIMA philosophy is to provide medical care to indigent populations and underserved individuals who cannot otherwise access healthcare,” said AANA Foundation Board of Trustees Chair Wilma Gillis, CRNA, BSN, APNP, in presenting the award. “They also share medical knowledge with local healthcare providers to ensure continuity of care.
“Mary Kay has traveled with MIMA to Bolivia, Peru, Guatemala and Uganda,” said Gillis. “However, she has always focused her efforts in Cochabamba, Bolivia, where the need is great.”
The AANA Foundation congratulates Mary Kay Thomas on being named the 2015 Janice Drake Humanitarian Award winner.
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