Ann Schneidman, director of the pulmonary resource program at Hospice of the Valley, has been named a finalist in the 2012 Nursing Excellence Awards in the category of education and mentorship.

She will be honored at a banquet Aug. 10 at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino in Chandler. Regional winners will go on to a national competition.

Hospice of the Valley created the Pulmonary Resource program six years ago. Since then, the program has brought comfort and relief to thousands of patients as well as national attention from the health care community.

Last year, the pulmonary department received more than 1,000 consults and completed 190 home visits. Schneidman also oversees a 23-member team of nurses and a social worker, educating them so they, in turn, can educate other staff members and advocate for pulmonary patients.The pulmonary team creates educational materials and gives presentations to staff, patients and families; recommends, adapts and even invents respiratory care supplies and equipment, and shares its knowledge with community providers.

Hospice of the Valley is the nation’s largest nonprofit hospice, providing specialized care tailored to each patient and family. For more information, call (602) 530.6900 or visit

• Travis Roemhild, (480) 898-4903 or

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