Honoring Nancy Davenport-Ennis on Her Retirement from the Patient Advocate Foundationby Representative Robert J. Wittman
Posted on 2013-02-25
in the house of representatives
Monday, February 25, 2013
Mr. WITTMAN. Mr. Speaker, I rise today with my distinguished
colleagues from Virginia Representative Rigell and Representative Scott
to recognize Nancy Davenport-Ennis, of Yorktown, Virginia, on her
retirement 17 years after founding the Patient Advocate Foundation and
the National Patient Advocate Foundation. Nancy Davenport-Ennis founded
the Patient Advocate Foundation and the National Patient Advocate
Foundation in 1996 in honor and memory of her friend, Cheryl Grimmel, a
breast-cancer patient who was denied coverage for her treatment.
Through Nancy Davenport-Ennis' determined leadership the Patient
Advocate Foundation and the National Patient Advocate Foundation have
provided direct patient assistance to over 965,000 patients with
chronic, debilitating and life-threatening conditions who needed help
navigating the health care system or finding affordable health care.
Additionally, millions of other patients were assisted through web-
based informational services.
Nancy Davenport-Ennis knows first-hand of the personal battle of cancer as a two-time [[Page E180]] breast cancer survivor. She has eloquently and openly discussed how this experience aided her in establishing a body of work that will continue to help millions of patients long past her retirement. Throughout her exemplary career as a leader in health care policy she has embodied the dignity and integrity of a true patient advocate. I join with my distinguished colleagues in expressing our utmost respect and admiration for her service to Virginians and all Americans.