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October 4, 2006

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Nurse Practitioner from Middle Tennessee Mental Health Institute Honored

NASHVILLE — Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) Commissioner Virginia Trotter Betts is pleased to announce Donna Finto-Burks as 2005 TDMHSAS Employee of Year. Ms. Finto-Burks has been employed at Middle Tennessee Mental Health Institute (MTMHI) as a nurse practitioner since 1996 and is responsible for the medical care of the adolescent unit as well as managing MTMHI employee health duties.

Finto-Burks has dedicated almost 30 years of her life to helping others. Fluent in German and Spanish, her experience ranges from being a direct care nurse in Tennessee to a clinic administrator in the jungles of Guatemala. Finto-Burks received an AD in nursing from UT Nashville in 1975, a BS in Psychology from UT Nashville in 1977, and a MSN from Vanderbilt School of Nursing in 1986.

“As a fellow nurse, I am especially pleased to be honoring an advanced practice nurse as TDMHSAS Employee of the Year,” stated Commissioner Betts. “Her experience and expertise in the field of mental health is excellent, and her dedication to improving the lives of adolescents with mental illness is illustrated every day at MTMHI.”

“People care about Donna Finto-Burks because she genuinely cares about people. Her caring and compassion shine through in the way she interacts with her patients and with her coworkers,” commented Lynn McDonald, MTMHI Chief Officer. “It is especially meaningful to have her selected for the TDMHSAS Employee of the Year, because she is a great example of the many excellent staff employed by this hospital and this department.”