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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 16, 2018
Contact: Maura Christopher
Silver Spring, MD--The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) has named Susan Stone, DNSc, CNM, FACNM, FAAN, president of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM), as a member of the Academy. The Academy elected Dr. Stone, who is also president of Frontier Nursing University, as one of 75 individuals in the US and 10 internationally who are being recognized for their outstanding professional achievements and service in the fields of medicine and health. In particular, the Academy is honoring Dr. Stone "for achievements that have opened the door to more than 5000 nurses to achieve graduate education and positively impact the accessibility of quality health care for rural families across the United States."
Dr. Stone has been working in field of reproductive health care for women for more than 30 years and has been active in numerous roles in ACNM for more than 25 years. She also has more 10 years of service with the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education, including four years as chair of its Board of Commissioners.
As president of ACNM, Dr. Stone's priorities have included positioning midwives as leaders in national discussions regarding maternal mortality and the US health-care system, ensuring positive collaboration among midwives and other maternity care providers, and increasing the number and diversity of the US midwifery workforce. She is a leader in advancing dialogue regarding the important role of midwives in addressing the maternal mortality crisis in the United States.
As president of Frontier Nursing University since 2001, Dr. Stone has led the school's evolution to a university offering Doctor of Nursing Practice and Master of Science in Nursing degrees with a focus in nurse-midwifery, family nursing, women's health care, and psychiatric mental health care. Under Dr. Stone's leadership, the enrollment has expanded from 200 students in 2004 to more than 2000 students today. The strategy is based on the premise that students who are educated in their communities will stay and serve those communities. Using a combination of campus-based and distance-learning strategies, students are able to complete most of their education in their own communities. The vast majority of FNU graduates remain in their communities after graduation.
"I am proud and honored to become a member of the National Academy of Medicine," Dr. Stone stated. "I look forward to the opportunity to work with other leaders to improve the health of our nation."
"As CEO for the American College of Nurse-Midwives, I am proud to work alongside Dr. Stone--a fearless leader, midwife, and educator who stands as a driving force behind women's health, collaborative care practices, and health care equity," added ACNM CEO Sheri Sesay-Tuffour, PhD, CAE. "Dr. Stone is indeed a model of excellence."
The National Academy of Medicine addresses critical issues in health, science, medicine, and related policy and inspires positive actions across sectors. NAM works alongside the National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Engineering to provide independent, objective analysis and advice to the nation and conduct other activities to solve complex problems and inform public policy decisions. Current members elect new members through a process that recognizes individual contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care, and public health.
Read the NAM release here.
With 6500 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.