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Hope resident earns Purdue alumni award


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Hope resident Lisa Crane has received the Purdue University College of Health and Human Sciences 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award for her contributions in the field of nursing.

The award honors alumni who have significantly advanced their careers and have demonstrated noteworthy professional accomplishments that reflect favorably on their profession, Purdue and society, according to the school’s website.

Crane is director of operations for the Nurse-Family Partnership for Goodwill Industries of South Central Indiana. Nurse-Family Partnership has nurses who follow first-time mothers, usually from low-income households, and their children from birth to the age of 2 to 3 by giving support and child development education and offering other resources to improve the well-being for both, said Bill Crane, Lisa Crane’s husband.

Previously, she was a Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador, a Family Life education coordinator at Major Hospital in Shelbyville and child birth education coordinator for IU Health, according to the school’s website.

“Nurses are challenged to look at the health of populations and find ways to address the increasingly complex needs of the community. The profession of nursing has allowed me to follow a calling while growing in a career,” Lisa Crane said in a news release.

Lisa and Bill Crane have been married 27 years and have a son, a daughter and a grandson. Lisa Crane enjoys running half-marathons and 5k races, gardening, traveling and spending time with family and friends, her husband said.

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