Diane Speranza, RN, CEN, CPEN, a resident of Clerrmont, was honored at the UN in New York City with the Nurses with Global Impact award. She was one of 21 nurses from all over the world to receive this award. Nurses with Global Impact (www.nurseswithglobalimpact.org) was founded two years ago and is a community effort whose mission is to connect, support and celebrate the work of nurses everywhere.
Diane’s name was submitted for the award by Project HOPE (Health Opportunities for People Everywhere) a non-profit organization. Founded in 1958, Project HOPE provides medical training and health education, as well as conducting humanitarian assistance programs in more than 35 countries. Diane has served as a volunteer with Project HOPE since 2005. Her first mission with them was after the 2004 Tsunami in Indonesia when Project HOPE supplied the Navy with 93 medical personnel to help staff the USNS Mercy. It was the first time ever that the Navy used civilian medical personnel to work with the Navy on a ship. Since then Diane has done 10 medical missions with Project HOPE.
Diane’s nursing career includes 10 years in pediatrics and another 10 years in the emergency department in Stamford, CT and several emergency departments in Florida, including South Lake Hospital. She has done numerous volunteer medical missions with various organizations. When not away doing medical missions she helps out in her church, United Methodist Church and New Beginnings Thrift Store in Clermont. She resides in Clermont with her husband, Carmine Speranza, a former Chief Fire Marshal in the Stamford, CT Fire Department.