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Kramer Joins NHIA as VP of Clinical Affairs

August 21, 2008

nancyAlexandria, VA.— The National Home Infusion Association (NHIA) is pleased to announce that Nancy Kramer, R.N., B.S.N., C.R.N.I.®, has joined the association’s staff as Vice President of Clinical Affairs.

Kramer began practicing nursing more than 20 years ago. She spent several years providing direct care to oncology and neurosurgery patients at Deaconess Hospital in Cincinnati, before moving into the home infusion field in 1989. She worked for the same home infusion company for 19 years—through several mergers and acquisitions—where she held every nursing position available, ranging from per diem nurse to Nurse Manager and Vice-President of Nursing.

Kramer’s experience includes opening a free-standing ambulatory infusion suite (AIS), facilitating the pump evaluation and selection process for an 8,000+ pump fleet, coordinating education and training for several new system-wide pump implementations, and assisting with multiple consolidations of up to four different pharmacies at a time—providing her with an invaluable perspective on the challenges of change and helping competitors become co-workers.

Her past 10 years in home infusion were focused on a variety of corporate responsibilities, including equipment and supply formulary research and decision-making, OSHA educational program development, and development of policies and procedures based on best practices and outcomes data. During that time, Kramer was also an active member of NHIA, volunteering a great deal of time to the association, especially its educational initiatives. She served as a member of the Education Committee for three years, and as a co-Chair of the Education Committee for the past two years. She has been a contributor to INFUSION magazine, and a presenter at educational programs held by NHIA, the Infusion Nurses Society (INS), and the Association for Vascular Access (AVA).

In May of 2008, Kramer joined the NHIA team on an interim, part-time basis and officially came on full-time on August 18th. She is already working closely with the Education Committee and selected faculty in preparation for NHIA’s 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition in Baltimore, March 1-5, 2009. Kramer's other key responsibilities at NHIA include audio conference education development, NHIA Certificate Program updates, clinical editing and development of print and web-based materials/products, and serving as the staff liaison for the Standards Committee. In addition, over the next year she will play a critical role (in conjunction with the Board and a committed group of volunteers) to ensure the on-target implementation of the association’s Core Measures efforts, as well as to better address the challenge of IV medication safety in the home infusion setting.

“Nancy has that rare combination of vision, creativity, and a meticulous knack for organization, and she utilizes those skills to strategically maximize her vast knowledge of clinical matters and the home infusion industry, as a whole,” commented Russell Bodoff, NHIA’s Executive Director. “She is sure to be an invaluable addition to the NHIA Team.”

Steve Jurich, NHIA Vice President of Operations & COO, also added “NHIA, our members and the patients they care for are all indeed quite fortunate to have Nancy Kramer join the association as our new Vice President of Clinical Affairs. Without a doubt, her high level of personal and professional commitment to quality, excellence, and innovation will greatly assist us in achieving NHIA’s vital mission.”

About NHIA
The National Home Infusion Association, based in Alexandria, Virginia, is a trade association that represents and advances the interests of organizations and individuals that provide infusion and specialized pharmacy products and services to the entire spectrum of home-based patients.  For more information, call 703-549-3740 or visit the association at www.nhia.org.