Senator Jane Nelson
P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
Tel. (512) 463-0112
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NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 13, 2013
Contact: Megan Hanson, (512) 463-0112

SENATOR NELSON RECEIVES PATIENT ADVOCACY AWARD

AUSTIN — Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, received the 2013 Texas Academy of Family Physicians Patient Advocacy Award for her efforts to improve the health of Texans during the 83rd Regular Session of the Texas Legislature.

"It is an honor to receive this award from our primary care physicians, who provide essential care and serve as the gateway to our health care system for our citizens," said Senator Nelson. "In order to ensure access to care, we must ensure there are qualified physicians available to treat our patients. I am grateful to the Texas Academy of Family Physicians for their service to our state and their advocacy on behalf of their patients."

"Senator Nelson is a steadfast advocate for the physicians and patients of Texas," said Clare Hawkins, M.D., president of the Texas Academy of Family Physicians. "As the powerful chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee she championed efforts to strengthen Texas' physician workforce by increasing residency slots for physicians in training while cutting unnecessary administrative hassles, paperwork, and waste from our health care system."

In its recognition, the Academy specifically cited Senator Nelson's work this session to grow the physician workforce by creating new residency slots in Texas and encouraging medical schools to graduate more primary care physicians.

For her work during the 83rd Legislature, Senator Nelson has received several awards, including the Champion for Free Enterprise Award from the Texas Association of Business; the Courageous Conservative Award from the Texas Conservative Coalition; the 2013 Women's Health Hero Award from the Texas Women's Health Coalition; the Texas Champion for Children Award from Texas CASA; the Physicians Patient Advocacy Award from Texas Academy of Family Physicians; Senate Legislator of the Year from Texas Nurse Practitioners; and the Courageous Defender of Life Award from Texas Alliance for Life.

SENATOR JANE NELSON represents District 12, including portions of Denton and Tarrant counties. She is chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee and the highest ranking Republican in the Texas Senate.

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