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LV nurse receives honor from Red Cross


WASHINGTON U.S. Navy Reserve Lt. Cmdr. Deborah Redman of La Vernia has been awarded the prestigious Florence Nightingale Medal by the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva for her exemplary service to the Red Cross.

Redman is among 32 outstanding nurses from 16 countries around the world to receive the Florence Nightingale Medal, which is the highest International Red Cross distinction that can be awarded to a nurse. The 100-year-old award is given to nurses who distinguish themselves in time of peace or war by their exceptional courage and devotion to victims of a conflict or disaster or exemplary service in the areas of public health or nursing education.

“We are honored that the work of these nurses has earned this international recognition,” said Gail McGovern, president and CEO of the American Red Cross. “Their humanitarian efforts, both at home and abroad, have strengthened our mission and provided comfort and hope to countless others.”

Redman is a family nurse practitioner with the U.S. Navy Reserve and with a private cardiology practice. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing and a Master of Science/Family Nurse Practitioner degree. From 1984-86 she served as American Red Cross coordinator for soldiers in Schweinfurt, West Germany.

Redman has devoted her adult life to the nursing profession, volunteering on various humanitarian missions, including a trip to Guyana, South America, where she and her team cared for more than 2,000 people, and a recent trip to Central America to provide care for people in seven countries in that part of the world.

She served in Afghanistan, where she provided care to sick and injured members of the military and conducted medical outreach missions to Afghan women and children and educated Afghan medical providers. Her missions required security due to the volatility in Afghanistan and she continued to seek opportunities to help the local Afghan population despite the personal risk to herself. Her experiences in Afghanistan were challenging, but she stated she would be willing to put her life on the line again for the sake of providing care and teaching others.

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