Phil Perry, RN, wins Champions of Health Care Non-Physician Practitioner Award

The career path of nursing came to Phil Perry as a second chance.

Financial stress forced Perry to give up his pursuit of a undergraduate degree in physical therapy, but after working as a care giver he began to see the possibilities of being an RN.

"My grandmother was a role model in my life. She was also a nurse," says Perry, who was selected as this year's Champions of Healthcare non-physician practitioner award.

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Cempa Community Care wins Champions of Health Care Community Outreach Award

The new name, "Cempa," comes from the old English word for champion and reflects the organization's mission: to champion healthy communities through compassionate and responsive delivery of education, health, social and advocacy-related services.

Cempa offers free STD testing, free treatment and support to anyone age 15 and over, as well as operating a syringe exchange programmobile clinic and providing transportation, housing and nutrition assistance.

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