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2010, the SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) program now known as FNE
(Forensic Nurse Examiner) at St. Anthony Summit Medical Center has been
providing forensic exams and care for survivors of sexual assault
24/7/365. Jennifer McConnell, FNE
Program Coordinator and ten specially trained FNE nurses are available for head
to toe medical exams for patients who have experienced domestic violence. The program has been renamed to more
accurately reflect the expertise and training received by the nurses to conduct
forensic medical exams on victims of sexual assault, child abuse, child sexual
assault, strangulation and domestic violence.
survivor of sexual assault or domestic violence experiences one of the most
painful, confusing and frightening events that can happen to a person. The FNE nurses provide the special care
needed that begins in the Emergency Department with the forensic exam and
continues with the support, compassion and advocacy as the patient begins the
FNE program serves the 5th Judicial District that includes Summit, Clear Creek,
Eagle, Lake Counties and the north part of Park County, and the 9th
Judicial District that includes Pitkin and Garfield Counties. Each year Jennifer provides education to more
than ten law enforcement agencies, including the Colorado Mountain College Police
Academy in Glenwood Springs. Police
officers and Advocates for Victims of Assault direct patients to the Emergency
Department at Summit Medical Center for their FNE exams and care. The FNE nurses are also available to do exams
for children who have been physically or sexually abused.
continue to have a list of needs not met alone with our facility. One of the ongoing needs is funding for
supplies, training and salaries for nurses for the FNE Program in the hospital Emergency
Department. Hundreds of cases occur each
year within the 5th and the 9th Judicial Districts. Without the program based
at St. Anthony Summit Medical Center, victims from both the 5th and 9th
Judicial Districts would need to travel to Denver or Grand Junction to receive
the exam, treatment and support services.
Anyone needing help or information regarding
domestic violence or sexual abuse should call the hospital at 970-668-3300 and
ask for a Forensic Nurse.
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