HENDRY COUNTY — On Saturday, July 14, a celebratory dinner was given in honor of Joanne Vorhees, an advanced registered nurse practitioner (or ARNP), who has served in the Department of Health in Hendry and Glades Counties for 50 years!
She began her long career in public health as a registered nurse for 25 years before pursuing her advanced degree as a nurse practitioner.
Ms. Vorhees has done it all, including epidemiology, prenatal services, immunizations, family planning, school health and much more. As an ARNP, she has provided women’s health services for many generations of women.
“Joanne also performs disaster duties and is one of the most ‘resourceful’ nurse practitioners I have ever met!”, said Jennifer Hood, ARNP, nursing director for the Florida Department of Health in Hendry and Glades Counties. “She has the knowledge and skills that have helped many of the people we serve.”
Joseph Pepe, the health officer for the Department of Health in these counties, said: “Joanne has been loved by the community she serves. We hope she never retires! She is amazing and certainly a public health icon!” He read a congratulatory letter from the state surgeon general, secretary of health for the State of Florida, Celeste Phillips.
The Southwest Florida Community Foundation has started a Joanne Vorhees Nursing Scholarship for those interested in pursuing nursing. This scholarship is exclusive only to Hendry and Glades counties. We all can donate to this fund to show our love, respect, sense of community and admiration to this lady. To donate to the scholarship, you can visit the link : http://bit.ly/JoanneVorheesScholarship.