Ann Ballas RN, CRN ’81 Distinguished Alumni of the Year
St. Vincent’s College is pleased to announce this year’s Distinguished Alumni of the Year, Ann Ballas, Class of 1981. Ann was presented the award on Thursday April 14, 2016 during the Annual Alumni Day Cocktail Reception at Testo’s in Bridgeport.
This award is presented to an alumnus who acts as role model for excellence in the field of healthcare and demonstrates the underlying attributes of St. Vincent de Paul. These attributes emphasize compassion, generous spirit, fidelity, respect, gentleness in attitude and advocacy for the poor.
Ann began her career at St. Vincent’s as a nurse’s aide with the float staff while attending St. Vincent’s School of Nursing. After becoming an RN, she joined St. Vincent’s Radiology Department, where today she leads a team of nurses and acts as a liaison between the department and the nursing units. Her dedication to this role is evidenced by the national certification she has achieved in this specialty. Ann is described as the “heart and soul” of the interventional radiology department. She is the “go to person” for anything related to radiology for the hospital.
In 2010 Ann received the St. Vincent’s Medical Center Employee of the Year award. She has been an employee at the Medical Center for over 30 years and is currently pursuing her BSN.
A quote from her nomination sums up why she is this year’s Distinguished Alumni of the Year
“Ann is one of the most humanitarian people I have ever met; St. Vincent himself would agree that Ann truly embodies his mission”.