BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- St. Vincent's College in Bridgeport has named Ann Ballas, Class of 1981, as this year's Distinguished Alumni of the Year.
A resident of Shelton, Ballas was presented the award during the Annual Alumni Day Cocktail Reception. 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."
The award is presented to an alumnus who acts as role model for excellence in the field of health care and demonstrates the underlying attributes of St. Vincent de Paul. These attributes emphasize compassion, a generous spirit, fidelity, respect, gentleness in attitude, and advocacy for the poor.
Ballas began her career at St. Vincent's Medical Center as a nurse's aide with the float staff while attending St. Vincent's School of Nursing. After earning her RN degree, Ballas 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.
Ballas is described as the "heart and soul" of the interventional radiology department. She is the "go-to person" for anything that relates to radiology for the hospital.
In 2010, she received the St. Vincent's Medical Center Employee of the Year award.
"Ann is a shining example of the foundation a St. Vincent's College education provides and we are so proud to call her one of our own," said Dr. Michael Gargano Jr., president of St. Vincent's College.
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