(Left to right) Volunteer Liaison: Amber Hooper, President: Tori Child, CVMC Critical Care Director and Vice-President: Anna Ray, CVMC Pre-hospital Clinical Coordinator and Secretary: Gina Florez, and Board of Trustees member and Community Liaison: Lorna Cook

(Sierra Vista, AZ – May 1, 2019) – Cochise County nurses have founded the Arizona Nurse Honor Guard of Cochise County chapter to honor fallen nurses for their dedication to serving and healing others. The group already has 12 members from Canyon Vista Medical Center, Cochise College Nursing Educator, Copper Queen, VA Clinic and other local organizations. They are now offering their services to the community and are still looking for nurse volunteers. The Arizona Nurse Honor Guard of Cochise County chapter will be in the cafeteria at Canyon Vista Medical Center on Wednesday, May 8 from 11am to noon to talk about the services they will offer to the community and how nurses can participate in the chapter.

Members of The Honor Guard volunteer to attend services wearing traditional nursing uniforms with cap and cape. The volunteers stand guard at the nurse’s casket or provide a presence at special ceremonies. The Nightingale Tribute is read at the service and the family members are presented with a Florence Nightingale lamp. All services are performed free of charge and are arranged at the request of family or friends.

Cochise County started their chapter in January 2019, made up of active and retired nurses. Nurses volunteer their time to travel and perform within Cochise County for the Honor Guard. Just last year, Arizona began its first Nurse Honor Guard, which has seen increased participation through Arizona since beginning.

Anna Ray, Director of Critical Care at Canyon Vista Medical Center is excited to bring this service to our community. “I feel very humbled to be part of such a wonderful program that honors our fallen nurses. These nurses have dedicated their lives to saving others and caring for them without hesitation. The Arizona Nurse Honor Guard makes my heart happy because I am able to give back to these unsung heroes to which they so deserve.”

The Cochise County chapter are now available for services and events beginning May of 2019. If you are interested in volunteering or having the Honor Guard at a Cochise County memorial, please contact cochisenurses@arizonanursehonorguard.org or Tori at 623-428-9001. Interested in volunteering, visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/453097528556379/ or learn more at http://www.arizonahonorguard.org.

Chair Elects for the Arizona Nurse Honor Guard of Cochise County are:

  • President: Tori Child, RN, Cochise College Educator
  • Vice-President: Anna Ray, RN, Canyon Vista Medical Center Critical Care Director
  • Secretary: Gina Florez, RN, Canyon Vista Medical Center Pre-hospital Clinical Coordinator
  • Volunteer Liaison: Amber Hooper, RN, Copper Queen Hospital
  • Community Liaisons: Lorna Cook, RN, Board of Trustee member at Canyon Vista Medical Center and Joan Lancaster, RN, VA Clinic

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About Canyon Vista Medical Center
Canyon Vista Medical Center operates a Joint Commission Accredited 100-bed acute care hospital in Sierra Vista with an outpatient surgery and imaging centers. The hospital is a Level III Trauma Center, an Arizona Cardiac Receiving Center, received The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Certification for Total Hip and Knee Replacement, and is a Pink Ribbon Facility for Breast Health Excellence featuring 3D Mammography. From Behavioral Health services to complete Rehabilitation Services, our core purpose is to treat everyone like family, providing the peace of mind that comes from receiving extraordinary care, close to home. Follow us on Facebook @canyonvistamedicalcenter, Twitter @CanyonVistaMed, and Instagram @canyonvistamed.

About Arizona Nurse Honor Guard
The Arizona Nurse Honor Guard is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization, who pay tribute and honor those men and women who have dedicated their lives to the nursing profession. The Arizona Nurse Honor Guard pays tribute to these individuals at the time of their visitation or memorial service. Active and retired Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses volunteer their time to travel within the Maricopa, Pima and Cochise Counties. It is a privilege for the members of the honor guard to recognize nurses and help bring peace to mourners during their time of loss.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                              CONTACT: Stefanie Peterson, 520-263-3215