Director of Emergency Services Appreciated for Successful Sexual Assault Program at Evangelical
Darlene Rowe, RN, CEN, Evangelical’s Community Hospital’s Director Emergency Services, was recently notified by Susan Mathias, Chief Executive Officer of Transitions, a crisis center for victims, survivors, and families of violence and abuse, that they nominated her for a 2014 Governor’s Victim Service Pathfinder award in the category of Individual Direct Service.
In the early 1990s, Rowe spearheaded the movement at Evangelical Community Hospital in Lewisburg, for the development of a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program. She recognized the importance of providing this service in the community to ensure that forensic evidence of sexual assault was collected properly and preserved so that victims received necessary, appropriate, and supportive medical care. 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the SANE program at Evangelical Community Hospital.
During a nurse manager meeting on Thursday, April 3, 2014, Mathias thanked Rowe for all the dedication and work she has done to establish the SANE program within Evangelical Community Hospital in support of and advocacy for victims of sexual abuse. Nominees, if selected as a recipient of the Pathfinder Award, will be presented the honor at the Thirteenth Pennsylvania Pathways for Victim Service Conference in June, being held in State College.
In the United States April marks Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). During SAAM activists raise awareness about sexual violence and educate communities and individuals on how to prevent it.
Evangelical Community Hospitals Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program is celebrating 20 years of advocacy for victims of sexual assault. The program was initiated in the early 90’s by Darlene Rowe, RN, CEN, Evangelical Community Hospital's Director of Emergency Services. Pictured from left to right: Susan Mathias, Chief Executive Officer of Transitions, Darlene Rowe, and Paul Tarves, RN, Evangelical’s Vice President of Nursing Services.