University of Nebraska Medical Center honors former Northeast dean

by amandab  12/6/2016 10:31:04 AM -- 

OMAHA - A former Northeast Community College dean has been honored for contributions to her field at a University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) event held here recently. Anita Brenneman, former dean of Northeast’s Health, Science and Drafting division, was one of six individuals honored during the annual UNMC Alumni Reunion in Omaha.

More than 200 UNMC alumni from the College of Medicine, College of Nursing and the Graduate Studies Program attended the reunion.

Brenneman was presented with the College of Nursing Alumni Engagement Council Dorothy Patach Spirit of Service Award. The award is presented to a UNMC College of Nursing alumnus who has contributed to the nursing profession as well as to his or her community and improving the lives of others.

Brenneman began her career with Northeastern Nebraska College, now Northeast Community College, in 1968 as the director of the new practical nursing program. In 1978, she was named dean of the Health, Science and Drafting division and held that position until her retirement in 2003. While serving as dean, she facilitated the implementation of the early childhood program as well as the associate degree nursing (ADN) and physical therapist assistant (PTA) programs.

In 2008, Brenneman was honored with Emeritus status at Northeast. She was inducted into the Northeast Alumni Hall of Success in 1971.

Brenneman’s other honors include First Lady of the Year, Beta Sigma Phi Society, 1991; Distinguished Service Nursing Award in Nebraska, UNMC College of Nursing, 1992; Sigma Theta Tau, Gamma Pi Chapter, International Honor Society of Nursing, UNMC College of Nursing, 1993; Norfolk Chamber of Commerce, Business/Education Council, Certificate of Commendation for Commitment to Excellence in Teaching, 1995-1996; and the Chief Executive Officers’ Award from Nebraska Community College System, 1996.

Brenneman attended Norfolk Junior College during the 1957-58 academic year, then transferred to the UNMC College of Nursing, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing in 1961. In 1991, she earned a Master of Science in Education degree from Wayne State College.

Her first full-time nursing position, in 1961, was as a staff nurse at Lutheran Community Hospital, now Faith Regional Health Services, in Norfolk. Two years later, she was named surgery supervisor.

Brenneman currently serves as president of the board of directors of Faith Regional Health Services. Her commitment to the community includes service to her church, Grace Lutheran in Norfolk; the American Red Cross; and a local elementary school.

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PHOTO ID: Anita Brenneman. (Courtesy University of Nebraska Medical Center)

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