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Great Comebacks® Program Recognizes WOC Nurse Heidi H. Cross at WOCN 43rd Annual Conference
Date:6/5/2011

cate from SUNY Upstate Medical University. She is chairman of the national WOCN Certification Board Exam Committee and has authored several articles and lectured nationally on wound and ostomy care. She was named the 2008 Nurse of the Year by the United Ostomy Associations of America.

"As we honor patients through the Great Comebacks® program, we find that nurses continually play a vital role in helping our award winners to achieve their goals and be active members of their families and communities. We are proud to recognize Heidi Cross, who has been a resource and inspiration for so many individuals and families affected by digestive disease as well as her colleagues in the nursing profession," said Rolf Benirschke, Founder and Chairman, Great Comebacks® Program.  

The Great Comebacks® Program is sponsored by ConvaTec, a world-leading developer and marketer of innovative medical technologies for community and hospital care, in partnership with the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation (CCFA), the United Ostomy Associations of America, Inc. (UOAA), the Intestinal Disease Education and Awareness Society (IDEAS), the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses (WOCN) Society and the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS).

"We are exceptionally delighted to honor Heidi Cross for her dedication to patients and her many achievements in ostomy care. She is a wonderful example of a nurse who regularly goes the extra mile to help patients achieve a full recovery and live a healthier life. She is a great example of the dedication that so many nurses in our field demonstrate every day," said Phyllis Bonham, PhD, MSN, RN, CWOCN, DPNAP, FAAN and President, WOCN Society.

About the Great Comebacks® ProgramNow in its third decade, the Great Comebacks® Program raises awareness of quality of life issues for people with Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, colorectal cancer and other diseases that can lead to ostomy sur
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