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ACNM Announces New Chief Executive Officer

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September 7, 2016                                                                                                                                       240-485-1822

ACNM Names New Chief Executive Officer

Experienced Health Care Professional to Guide American College of Nurse-Midwives

PurcellSilver Spring, MD – The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) today announced that Sheri Sesay-Tuffour will become its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) effective October 17, 2016.

Purcell joins ACNM from the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) where he most recently served as the Senior Director of Federal Government Affairs. He also worked 11 years on Capitol Hill in the offices of 3 members of the U.S. House of Representatives. During his 16-year career at AANA, Purcell guided the legislative and regulatory advocacy agenda for the 49,000 member organization, including work on multidisciplinary coalitions within the health care community. Among his accomplishments, Purcell quintupled attendance at the association’s Washington advocacy conference and secured Medicare coverage for all nurse anesthetist services within their scope of practice – a distinction that earned him “Top Lobbyist in Washington” by CEO Update.

“ACNM is very pleased to welcome Frank to our organization as our new CEO,” said ACNM Board of Directors President Lisa Kane Low, CNM, PhD, FACNM, FAAN. “Given his work at the AANA, particularly in the area of health care coalitions, Frank is not new to midwifery. His experience demonstrates his understanding of the important role our specialties play in delivering quality health care to women and their families. I’m confident Frank will be a strong advocate for certified nurse midwives (CNMs) and certified midwives (CMs) as we continue to work to break down our barriers to practice. He will also be key to strengthening and growing our organization in the United States and globally, responding to the needs of our members and collaborating with important stakeholders.”

ACNM’s 8 month search for a new CEO was conducted by an executive search committee comprised of a wide-ranging group of its members.

At AANA, Purcell also helped to broaden its public engagement and revised the budget and financial data-processing procedures for its Political Action Committee (PAC), the largest PAC in nursing.

He secured publication of a proposed rule in May 2016 granting full practice authority to Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) in the Veterans Health Administration, and the inclusion of legislative provisions in the Affordable Care Act of 2010 promoting provider nondiscrimination, Graduate Nursing Education, and Title 8 nurse workforce development. APRNs are comprised of 4 areas of nursing specialization: nurse-midwives, nurse anesthetists, clinical nurse specialists, and nurse practitioners.

“When women and children face the health challenges they do today, it is a privilege to serve midwives, who are an important part of the solution,” Purcell said. “Every woman, and every woman with a child, deserves a midwife, and every midwife deserves an excellent professional organization. Under the leadership of ACNM President Lisa Kane Low and the Board, and in a time of great change in health and health care, ACNM has built a solid foundation for its bright future. I am honored and humbled to serve.”

Originally from St. Louis, Purcell earned his bachelors with high honors from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, undertook MBA coursework at the Washington campus of Johns Hopkins University, and is a 2013 graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education program in health care delivery systems policy. A competitive U.S. Masters swimmer, Purcell and his family live in Alexandria, Virginia.

With nearly 7800 members, ACNM is the professional association that represents certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) and certified midwives (CMs) in the United States. ACNM promotes excellence in midwifery education, clinical practice, and research. With roots dating to 1929, our members are primary care providers for women throughout the lifespan, with a special emphasis on pregnancy, childbirth, and gynecologic and reproductive health. ACNM provides research, administers and promotes continuing education programs, establishes clinical practice standards, and creates liaisons with state and federal agencies and members of Congress to increase the visibility and recognition of midwifery care.


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