St. Vincent’s College Presents Distinguished Alumni Award to Shelton Resident Ann Ballas
May 6, 2016
BRIDGEPORT, Connecticut – St. Vincent’s College is pleased to announce this year’s Distinguished Alumni of the Year, Ann Ballas, RN, CRN, Class of 1981. A resident of Shelton, Conn., Ann was presented the award during the Annual Alumni Day Cocktail Reception.
A quote from her nomination sums up why she is this year’s Distinguished Alumni of the Year, “Ann is one of the most humanitarian people I have ever met; St. Vincent himself would agree that Ann truly embodies his mission.”
This award is presented to an alumnus who acts as role model for excellence in the field of healthcare and demonstrates the underlying attributes of St. Vincent de Paul. These attributes emphasize compassion, a generous spirit, fidelity, respect, gentleness in attitude, and advocacy for the poor.
Ann began her career at St. Vincent’s Medical Center as a nurse’s aide with the float staff while attending St. Vincent’s School of Nursing. After earning her RN degree, Ballas joined St. Vincent’s Radiology Department, where today she leads a team of nurses and acts as a liaison between the department and the nursing units. Her dedication to this role is evidenced by the national certification she has achieved in this specialty. Ann is described as the “heart and soul” of the interventional radiology department. She is the “go to person” for anything that relates to radiology for the hospital.
In 2010 Ann received the St. Vincent’s Medical Center Employee of the Year award. She has been an employee at the Medical Center for over 30 years and is currently pursuing her bachelor of science in nursing (BSN).
“Ann is a shining example of the foundation a St. Vincent’s College education provides and we are so proud to call her one of our own,” stated Dr. Michael Gargano, Jr., president, St. Vincent’s College.
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