Baker’s Sarna awarded
With a mix of professional skills and a gentle, warm demeanor, Ruth Sarna has been helping members of the Baker University community feel better for 15 years.
This month, the American College Health Association recognized Sarna's contributions to Baker and the health care profession by selecting her as an ACHA Fellow.
Sarna, director of student health services, will be recognized during the ACHA's 2005 Annual Meeting on June 2 in San Diego. She joins the ranks of 174 health professionals who have received the award over the past 40 years.
The award was based on nominations from Sarna's colleagues in health care and from Baker.
"Ruth not only takes care of our students, she cares deeply for them," said Daniel M. Lambert, Baker president. "She gives so much of her own time on evenings and weekends to address the needs of students and parents. She knows when a hug and an encouraging word will be more therapeutic than the medications she can disperse."
Sarna is extensively involved in community and campus organizations, including the Baker wellness program, Campus Safety Committee and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She has received numerous honors, including the BEST Award and the 1999 Student Senate Outstanding Staff Person Award.
The ACHA's membership includes more than 2,400 individual health care providers from more than 900 institutions nationwide.
Sarna has been an ACHA national officer for the past four years, two as chair elect and two as chair of the Nurse Directors Section, one of eight sections of the ACHA.