2001 Federal Health Care Executive Special Achievement Award

The Award is sponsored by the American Hospital Association, Federal Health System Constituency Section, and recognizes a federal healthcare executive (commissioned officer 0-5 level or lower/GS-14 level or lower equivalent) who has distinguished himself/herself through singularly significant achievements which have contributed substantially to the mission of the federal health system.

The recipient of this award is Shirley R. Stoner, RN, Director of Public Health Nursing, Chinle Hospital, Indian Health Service, Chinle, Arizona.   As Director of Public Health Nursing, Ms. Stoner contributes to the Indian Health Service mission of providing quality health care and eliminating health disparities among the Navajo people.  Over the course of a nearly forty-year career in public health nursing, Ms. Stoner has received numerous recognitions for her performance and contributions to the nursing profession and community.  She was instrumental in creating a program to address issues of domestic violence in the community and provide shelter to women and children in abusive situations.

As a long-time employee of the Indian Health Service, Ms. Stoner has been a leader and advocate for the Navajo people and has been a catalyst for developing and implementing the office of Native Medicine.  She has also been a key player in developing a standardized Navajo medical terminology that will be used to train medical interpreters to ensure accuracy across the system.  She has been a frequent presenter on cultural awareness and sensitivity and has spoken at the Minority Health Conference, the Arizona Nursing Association, and the Rural Health Student Nurses’ Conference. 

Ms. Stoner has been greatly involved in local initiatives to improve the situation of the community she serves, including establishing a correctional facility for youth that uses innovative and holistic approaches to help youths reach their highest potential.  She has also served as an Equal Employment Opportunity counselor and area council member, where her expertise and compassion have caused both colleagues and community members to seek her out.   Ms. Stoner was also involved in establishing the local chapter of the Arizona Nursing Association and has served in several governance roles.  Ms. Stoner is also a member of the American Public Health Association.


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