Johnson to be Honored as Distinguished Nursing Alumna
Sept. 7, 2016
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— The Illinois Wesleyan University Distinguished Alumna Award for
Excellence in Nursing will be presented to Nancy (Jenkins) Johnson ’78 at Homecoming 2016.
Johnson is currently the chief executive officer for El Rio Community Health Center
in Tucson, Ariz., one of the largest federally qualified health centers in the country.
She previously spent more than 15 years with the Tucson Medical Center, building community
health and wellness programs, acquiring and managing medical practices for the TMC
system, and expanding community networks.
After graduating from Illinois Wesleyan with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Johnson
earned a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Illinois and holds a master’s
in marketing and business from the University of Arizona Eller College. Johnson’s
doctoral research focused on providing perspectives in caring for the uninsured population;
she earned a Ph.D. in health services from the University of Arizona. Johnson serves
as an adjunct clinical professor for the University of Arizona College of Medicine
and was the recent recipient of the University of Arizona’s Cecil B. Hart Humanitarian
On Oct.1 from 9 to 11 a.m., a social and awards ceremony honoring Johnson will be
held in the Center for Natural Sciences, where she will present her address “Cornfields
to Saguaros: The Journey Continues.” Following the social, tours of the School of
Nursing’s recent renovations will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Stevenson
Hall. Dedication remarks will begin at 11:15 a.m. outside of Stevenson Hall.