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Kraenzle Named St. Louis Nurse of the Year

Jason Merrill

Dec. 2, 2009 – Registered nurse Susan Kraenzle, manager of the Joanne Knight Breast Health Center at the Siteman Cancer Center, has been named St. Louis Nurse of the Year by the third district of the Missouri Nurses Association (MONA).

The award was given for Kraenzle’s patient advocacy in promoting and improving quality cancer care and for nurse advocacy. 

Susan Kraenzle with the Siteman  mammography  van. 

“She’s dedicated her life to advocating for patients, both as a staff nurse and as an advocate for women’s health,” says Florence Speer, vice president of MONA’s third district. “I nominated her, and we chose her for her advocacy on behalf of underserved women, not only in St. Louis City and County but also around the Bootheel and St. Genevieve.”

Through grants from Missouri’s Show Me Healthy Women program and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization, Kraenzle oversees programs providing breast screening at no cost to thousands of women in underserved communities.

“It’s an honor every day to work with a tremendous group of people who allow us to care for women who otherwise would not be able to get this lifesaving care,” Kraenzle says.

Kraenzle has been actively engaged in outreach in the state of Missouri for many years. Before joining Barnes-Jewish Hospital and the Siteman Cancer Center, she worked at Jefferson Memorial Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital, focusing on women and infant care.

“I’ve had a special interest in women and children’s health for years,” she says.