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American Red Cross and Indiana University Health Combine Efforts to Incorporate the Largest Single Onboarding of Nurses Since WWI

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"IU Health nurses are known for their expertise and professionalism in providing exceptional care, and the alliance with the Indiana Region of the American Red Cross is an opportunity to come together and rally around common goals in the community."

INDIANAPOLIS –The Indiana Region of the American Red Cross (Red Cross) and Indiana University Health will combine their efforts for a comprehensive nursing service alliance that will engage the state of Indiana from now until 2018. This announcement also coincides with National Nurses Week.

The IU Health/Red Cross alliance will represent the longstanding history of nursing humanitarians that began in the United States with Clara Barton, nurse and founder of the Red Cross. The IU Health/Red Cross alliance will result in 2,000 new nurse volunteers representing a commitment of over 40,000 hours over the next two years. This likely represents the largest single onboarding of nurse volunteers since WWI. “In 1916 hundreds of nurses in Indiana answered the call to their country and joined the Red Cross movement during World War I,” said Chad Priest, chief executive officer of the Indiana Region of the American Red Cross. “It is only fitting that 100 years later, as we celebrate a Century of Red Cross service in Indiana, our alliance with IU Health will bring a new generation of nurse volunteers to service for humanity."

IU Health and RED CROSS will work together to build resilient communities across the state of Indiana by:

• Onboarding a cadre of approximately 2,000 American Red Cross nurses

• Reducing the risk of death and injury in home fires through the installation of 5,000 smoke alarms in targeted areas

• Build community impact by delivering 150 disaster preparedness training programs to school-aged children

• Recruit, train, engage and retain 150 fully qualified Disaster Health Services volunteers

• Organize IU Health blood drives

• Equip 1,000 people with the knowledge to save a life through Hands-Only CPR education

“IU Health nurses are known for their expertise and professionalism in providing exceptional care, and the alliance with the Indiana Region of the American Red Cross is an opportunity to come together and rally around common goals in the community,” said Michelle Janney, chief nurse executive at IU Health. “IU Health nurses will unite with Red Cross to participate in a diverse spectrum of events across the state, joining a century of rich nursing volunteer heritage started by Nurse Clara Barton.”

“I am delighted to have IU Health nurses volunteer with the Red Cross,” said Linda MacIntyre, chief nurse for the American Red Cross at national headquarters. “This will be a remarkable opportunity for both of our organizations to learn and work together, in order to further our shared goals of serving individuals, families and communities. This is a great way to kick-off National Nurses Week, and I look forward to many positive outcomes from this alliance.

The Indiana Region serves 87 Indiana counties consisting of 10 Homeland Security Disaster Districts and six Red Cross chapters: Central Indiana (Indianapolis headquarters), Northern Indiana (South Bend headquarters), Northeast Indiana (Fort Wayne headquarters), Northwest (Merrillville headquarters), Southern Indiana (Evansville headquarters) and West Central Indiana (Terre Haute headquarters). For more information on the Indiana Region: www.redcross.org/local/in. Follow the Indiana Region at: @INRedCross or www.facebook.com/INRedCross.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

About Indiana University Health:

Named among the "Best Hospitals in America" by U.S. News & World Report for 18 consecutive years, Indiana University Health is dedicated to providing a unified standard of preeminent, patient-centered care. A unique partnership with Indiana University School of Medicine – one of the nation's leading medical schools – gives our highly skilled physicians access to innovative treatments using the latest research and technology. Discover the strength at www.iuhealth.org.