(LOS ANGELES – May 07, 2013) – Diana M. Bontá, RN, DrPH, president and CEO of The California Wellness Foundation and Children's Hospital of Los Angeles and Kaiser Permanente Southern California are among the recipients to be honored for their leadership in advancing health and their ongoing commitment to enriching the nursing profession at the third annual "Nurse 21" awards hosted by the UCLA School of Nursing. The awards will be presented May 9 at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.
"These incredible individuals and organizations that we honor are visionary leaders in healthcare and are strong advocates for the role of nursing," said Courtney H. Lyder, dean of the UCLA School of Nursing. "Their impact has been enormous and will continue to be so as nurses play an increasingly important role in making sure that all individuals have access to quality care delivered with compassion and dignity."
Dr. Bontá will receive this year's Visionary Leadership Award. She currently serves as president and CEO of The California Wellness Foundation, a private independent foundation created in 1992 with a mission to improve the health of the people of California by making grants for health promotion, wellness education and disease prevention. The presentation of the award to Dr. Bontá honors her more than four decades of experience and dedication in healthcare, public policy and corporate health philanthropy. She is a former head of California's Department of Health Services where she oversaw one of the nation's largest anti-smoking campaigns as well as the state's Medicaid program.
Other award recipients are:
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