One topic I always enjoy writing about is the public recognition that our staff members receive. Honors and awards are affirmations of their efforts, dedication and success.
So it’s with great pride that I point out a tremendous honor recently bestowed upon Dr. Ann Yanagi, an emergency room physician since 1988. She also practices in our Occupational Health Services and Wound Healing Clinic.
Dr. Yanagi received the 2011 Northern Colorado Women of Distinction Award in Medical Careers from the Northern Colorado Business Report. She was one of 11 women honored for their contributions to the northern Colorado region.
Among her many achievements over the years, Dr. Yanagi was a leader in the development of the regional Sexual Assault Nurses Examiner (SANE) program. Established in 1999, the program provides specially trained nurses that conduct forensic exams for people who have been sexually assaulted.
Dr. Yanagi is the current chair of the Poudre Valley Hospital Foundation and has been active on the board of the Health District of Northern Larimer County and in such community activities as the Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra. She is the founder of the Health and Wellness Orchestra that performs at the Medical Center of the Rockies and Poudre Valley Hospital for patients and their families, as well as community members and PVHS employees. Many of the orchestra members are like Dr. Yanagi—a healthcare specialist by vocation, a musician by avocation.
Lorna Reeves, one of the first class of Women of Distinction honorees when NCBR established the award in 2009, says the program is an important way to recognize women in the region and also encourage them to stretch beyond their limits. Lorna, senior vice president and branch manager for Cache Bank & Trust, Fort Collins, says the award helps women in our region learn about role models who are excellent examples of community spirit and professionalism.
I agree. The values of commitment to profession and community expressed through the Women of Distinction honor reflect Dr. Yanagi as an individual, physician and community leader.
I’ve known Dr. Yanagi for years, and she is a humble, gentle, gracious, compassionate lady with a true love of life and caring for others. She is one of our region’s leading role models for other women, as well as for men.
I want to thank Northern Colorado Business Report for establishing the annual Women of Distinction program and I offer a heartfelt congratulation to Dr. Yanagi.