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St. Mary’s recognizes women for area contributions

June 10, 2018 GMT

The Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON - The Total Woman program at St. Mary’s Medical Center presented three Total Woman Healthcare Hero Awards as part of its sixth anniversary celebration Sunday, June 3.

This is the fourth year of the awards, which honor women who have made an impact on the health and wellness of the community, according to a news release.

Ally Henderson, a recent graduate of Fairland High School was honored as the Youth Hero. Henderson was the FHS senior class president and oversaw monthly activities to benefit the community, including raising funds for mammograms for uninsured and underinsured women, providing Christmas and a spa day for girls from the Golden Girls Group Home, and organizing a food drive for local food banks. She also mentored students struggling with depression.

A cancer survivor herself, Henderson provided gifts for kids battling cancer in honor of her 18th birthday. She graduated from Fairland High School and will attend Ohio University in Athens in the fall to pursue a degree in the health and science professions.

Jo Andrea “Andy” Watson was honored as the Nursing Hero. Watson has been employed at St. Mary’s since 1979, working as a nurse in a number of areas before becoming the critical care educator in May 1995. She now serves as the director of organizational development and learning.

On her own time, she teaches CPR and first aid to scouts, personal care providers, lifeguards, church groups and students across the Tri-State. Watson also trains organizations across the area in the use of automatic external defibrillators. She speaks to garden clubs, churches and school health clubs covering topics such as heart disease, stroke and AEDs.

Watson is extremely active in her church, First United Methodist of Barboursville, where she is a member of the bell choir, a Sunday school teacher, a choir member and a member of several committees. Watson was recently named Marquis Who’s Who among professional women and serves on a number of advisory boards and committees throughout the Tri-State area.

Jan Rader was honored as the Community Hero. A 23-year veteran of the City of Huntington Fire Department, Rader was sworn in as the department’s chief April 12, 2017. A native of Ironton, Rader is the first female career firefighter to be named as chief in the state of West Virginia and was the first woman in the history of Huntington to attain the ranks of captain, deputy chief and chief.

Rader has gained national attention for her role in the fight against the opioid epidemic and as an advocate for drug recovery programs. She appeared in the Academy Award-nominated Netflix documentary, “Heroin(e)” and, in April, was named to Time Magazine’s Time 100 list, which features the world’s most significant leaders, scientists and activists of 2018. She has also appeared on “Meet the Press” and public radio’s “Studio 1-A.”

The Total Woman is a membership program by St. Mary’s which aims to help empower women to make good health care decisions and take action that will result in better health for themselves and their families. There are nearly 5,400 members from across the country.

For more information about the program, contact Lisa Hastings, RN, BSN, MHA, coordinator of The Total Woman, at 304-526-1271 or visit www.st-marys.org.