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Allina Health nurse earns significant career achievement

MINNEAPOLIS 09/24/2013--Sue Sendelbach, PhD, RN, CCNS, FAHA, of Abbott Northwestern Hospital, part of Allina Health, has been selected to be inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing during its annual meeting October 19 in Washington DC.

Sue Sendelbach smiles at the camera Sendelbach is the director of Nursing Research at Abbott Northwestern and has been a clinical nurse specialist in critical care there for more than 20 years.

"We are very proud that the American Academy of Nursing has recognized Dr. Sendelbach," said Terry Graner, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, CENP, chief nursing officer for Abbott Northwestern Hospital. "Her dedication to Abbott Northwestern is extraordinary, and this honor acknowledges her commitment to the profession of nursing."

Sendelbach is active in local and national organizations dedicated to critical care, clinical nurse specialist issues, and care of patients with cardiovascular disease. Governor Mark Dayton appointed her to the Minnesota Board of Nursing last year.

Selection criteria for Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing include evidence of significant contributions to nursing and health care and sponsorship by two current Academy Fellows. Applicants are reviewed by a panel comprised of elected and appointed Fellows. Selection is based, in part, on the extent the nominee’s nursing career influenced health policies and the health and wellbeing of all.

"Selection for fellowship in the Academy is one of the most prestigious honors in the field of nursing," said Joanne Disch, PhD, RN, FAAN, president of the Academy.

About Abbott Northwestern Hospital and Allina Health

As the largest hospital in the Twin Cities, Abbott Northwestern is recognized nationally and locally for its exceptional expertise and care. Each year, the hospital serves more than 200,000 patients and their families from across the Twin Cities and Upper Midwest.

Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares for patients from beginning to end-of-life through its 90+ clinics, 12 hospitals, 14 pharmacies, specialty care centers and specialty medical services that provide home care, senior transitions, hospice care, home oxygen and medical equipment, and emergency medical transportation services. Learn more at

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