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NAANA HONORS MOE RUSTOM WITH 2019 ANGEL OF MERCY AWARD; JUDGE LINDA DAVIS DELIVERS KEYNOTE SPEECH ON OPIOID EPIDEMIC OCTOBER 24

Detroit, MI, September 4, 2019 – The National American Arab Nurses Association (NAANA) announces that Moe Rustom, MSA, RN, FACHE, director of Clinical Interpretation and Translation Services for Beaumont Health, has been named the 2019 Angel of Mercy Award for founding the clinical language access program at Beaumont – Dearborn and overseeing its implementation at Beaumont’s eight hospitals, 174 health centers. Additionally, NAANA is proud to announce that former Macomb County Judge Linda Davis, co-founder and executive director of Families Against Narcotics (FAN), will keynote the Angel of Mercy Award Banquet about the opioid epidemic in Michigan. The Angel of Mercy Banquet will be held on Thursday, October 24, 2019, at 6 p.m., at Byblos Banquets, 7258 Chase Road, Dearborn.

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NAANA HONORS KARIMAH ZUHDI TARAZI WITH ANGEL OF MERCY AWARD; DR. MAHA ALBDOUR DELIVERS KEY NOTE SPEECH ON BULLYING OCTOBER 18, 2018

Detroit, MI, SEPTEMBER 27, 2018 – The National American Arab Nurses Association (NAANA) announces that Karimah Zuhdi Tarazi, RN, BS has been named the 2018 Angel of Mercy Award for her lifelong dedication to nursing in her native Palestine and beyond. The Angel of Mercy Award Banquet qill be held on Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 6 p.m. at Byblos Banquets, 7258 Chase Road, Dearborn. Renee Ahee, president of NAANA, said, "Karimah Zuhdi Tarazi has taken her nursing career beyond the walls of healthcare institutions and national borders into four continents and cyberspace to reach patients and to encourage a new generation of nurses to be creative in how they apply their profession. She describes the nursing profession as a 'room with innumerable doors which open to opportunities to serve.'" 

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BEAUMONT HEALTH IS LEAD SPONSOR OF NAANA 2016 ANGEL OF MERCY BANQUET OCTOBER 20

Detroit, MI, OCTOBER 7, 2016 – The National American Arab Nurses Association (NAANA) announces that Beaumont Health will be its lead sponsor at the Partner level for the 2016 Angel of Mercy Awards Banquet on Thursday, October 20. Mohammad Rustom, president of NAANA, said, “We are honored by the support the new Beaumont Health has given NAANA for our 5th year of honoring the contributions of Arab American nurses in our community. This is a major boost to NAANA because it underscores the importance of Arab American nurses in the eight-hospital system, the largest healthcare system in our state.” Susan Grant, RN, BSN, executive vice president and chief nursing officer of Beaumont Health, said, “Beaumont is proud to partner with NAANA as it recognizes the importance of Arab American nurses in the care of our patients and nursing as a critical profession in our society.”

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DRS. MARILYN MCFARLAND & HIBA WEHBE-ALAMAH TO KEYNOTE ANGEL OF MERCY BANQUET & HOLD HEALTHCARE CULTURAL COMPETENCE SEMINAR OCTOBER 20, 2016

[DETROIT, MI] JULY 25, 2016 – The National American Arab Nurses Association (NAANA) announces that its 2016 Angel of Mercy Awards Banquet will feature international cultural competence experts Drs. Marilyn McFarland and Hiba Wehbe-Alamah as keynote speakers. It will be held at Byblos Banquets, 7258 Chase Road in Dearborn on Thursday, October 20, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. Drs. McFarland and Wehbe-Alamah will present “Reflection in the Mirror: The Do’s and Don’ts of Transcultural Communication.”

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NOTED COMMUNITY HEALER TO KEYNOTE ANGEL OF MERCY AWARDS BANQUET OCTOBER 29, 2015
- ANGEL OF MERCY AND SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS PRESENTED & FOOD DRIVE FOR ST. FRANCIS CABRINI CLINIC

[Detroit, MI] JULY 31, 2015 – The National American Arab Nurses Association (NAANA) will hold its fourth Angel of Mercy Awards Banquet at Byblos Banquets, 7258 Chase Road in Dearborn on Thursday, October 29, 2015, at 5:30 p.m.Sister Mary Ellen Howard, RSM, former executive director of St. Francis Cabrini Clinic, Detroit, will keynote the event.

Rose Khalifa, founder and president of NAANA, said, “The contributions of nurses often go without public acknowledgement. We know that there are several nurses who positively impact the health and well-being of the Arab American community daily, whether they are Arab American themselves or unselfishly serve the community’s needs for care. The board of NAANA believes that we can accomplish the dual purpose of elevating these nurses as well as showcase nursing as a viable career choice for Arab Americans in our community.

A woman of faith, a nurse whose compassion and service crossed racial and ethnic lines, Sr. Mary Ellen Howard could not be a better representative of what nurses can do when they extend themselves beyond what is expected to what is possible.”

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NAANA'S ANGEL OF MERCY AWARD NOMINATIONS AND NURSING SCHOLARSHIPS OPEN;
ANGEL OF MERCY AWARD BANQUET SET FOR OCTOBER 29, 2015

[Detroit, MI] APRIL 22, 2015 – The National American Arab Nurses Association (NAANA) will hold its fourth Angel of Mercy Awards Banquet at Byblos Banquets, 7258 Chase Road in Dearborn on Thursday, October 29, 2015, at 5:30 p.m.

Rose Khalifa, founder and president of NAANA, said, “The contributions of nurses often go without public acknowledgement. We know that there are nurses who positively impact the health and well-being of the Arab American community daily, whether they are Arab American themselves or unselfishly serve the community’s needs for care. The board of NAANA believes that we can accomplish the dual purpose of elevating these nurses as well as showcasing nursing as a viable career choice for Arab Americans.”

NAANA named this special recognition of Arab American nurses the Angel of Mercy Award because the Arabic phrase for nurse translates to “angel of mercy.” Nominations for the Angel of Mercy awards are being accepted through June 30 at www.n-aana.org.

Another highlight of the annual banquet is the scholarship awards. Arab American nursing students can apply to receive cash awards for tuition or books if they are attending an accredited nursing school. The deadline for scholarship applications is also June 30. Students can find the application and requirements at www.n-aana.org.

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