Alexander Statement on the Passing of Colleen Welch

Posted on October 12, 2018

MARYVILLE, Tenn., October 12, 2018 – United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on the passing of Colleen Welch, former dean of Vanderbilt University School of Nursing: 

 “Colleen Conway Welch was a bona fide nursing pioneer. Nationally, she was recognized for encouraging innovative ways to utilize nurses in better health care. In Tennessee, she opened health clinics and housing for mothers recovering from substance abuse disorders and their children. She was a powerful advocate for advanced practice nurses. Honey and I were close friends with Colleen and her late husband, Ted. As a result, Colleen must have attended more Republican fundraising dinners than any Nursing School Dean in history. We will miss her greatly and extend our condolences to her family.”   

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