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Pamela Keefe Receives the Jennifer Pierce-Weeks Award of Excellence

The Jennifer Pierce-Weeks Award of Excellence recognizes one nurse each year for their dedication, commitment, and compassionate care in the role of a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE). The fifth annual recipient of the JPW Award of Excellence is Pamela Keefe, RN, CFN, SANE-A, SANE-P.

Pamela Keefe has been a SANE nurse at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center (SNHMC) since 2009. As well as providing exceptional care to victims, Pamela has taken on a leadership role within the SNHMC SANE program by developing protocols, providing a hospital orientation to new sexual assault advocates from local crisis centers, expanding training opportunities and being available day or night to serve as a back-up to her SANE colleagues on complex cases. Pamela’s work is not only invaluable at SNHMC, but she is also an active participant and key to the development of her local Sexual Assault Resource Team which is a collaborative effort to improve multidisciplinary responses to sexual assault in New Hampshire.

A SANE is a Registered Nurse who has been specially trained to provide comprehensive, uninterrupted care to sexual assault survivors, including conducting the forensic collection of evidence. The goal of the SANE Program is to minimize the physical and psychological trauma to the victim and to maximize the probability of collecting and preserving the physical evidence of an assault for potential use in the legal system.  New Hampshire’s SANE Program is coordinated through the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.  To find out more about the NHCADSV SANE Program click here.

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