Congrats to Jefferson Health – New Jersey’s Gwyn Parris-Atwell, DNP, FNP-BC, CEN, FAEN, who, on Monday night September 20, will be honored as the Salem County recipient of the “Distinguished Citizen of the Year” by the Garden State Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Parris-Atwell is a Nurse Practitioner with the Jefferson Occupational Health Network.
As the Commander of the 166th Medical Group, she is responsible for overseeing medical operations for 1,500 Air Force service members.
A resident of Alloway, NJ, and a five-year Jefferson employee, Parris-Atwell was activated to a large medical center in southern Delaware, where she cared for COVID-19 patients, remaining on active duty until October 2020.
In April of this year, Parris-Atwell – who, in December 2020, administered the first coronavirus vaccine to a Jefferson Health – New Jersey employee - was again activated with the 166th Air Lift Wing, New Castle, DE, to care for COVID-19 patients.
Throughout her distinguished career, which began in the Army Nurse Corps Reserve, she has held a variety of nursing, educational, and leadership positions. Parris-Atwell will be introduced at the event, held to honor the Cumberland and Salem County Distinguished Citizens of the Year, by Jefferson Health – New Jersey Chief Nursing Officer, Helene Burns, DNP, RN, NEA-BC.