Leah E. Harrison, RN, MSN, CPNP passed away on November 21, 2002. Leah was a member of NYSCONP, founder and associate director of the J.E. and Z.B. Butler Child Protection Center of The Children's Hospital at Montefiore. Leah who joined Montefiore as an emergency department nurse, became the driving force behind the Child Protection Center, which has become a model program for the protection of children in the Bronx, New York State and throughout the country. A nationally and internationally recognized expert on child abuse, Leah was called upon by many government leaders to visit their countries (including Israel and Jordan), to help them set up programs to promote the well-being of children and teach the prevention of all forms of child abuse. In 1993, the New York State Legislature named her its Nurse of Distinction. She served on the Board of Directors of the National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse New York State and was chair of the UJA-Federation Family Violence Task Force subcommittee on children. She was the first pediatric nurse practitioner to be called as an expert witness in both New York State Family and Supreme Courts. To every challenge, Leah brought intensity, tenacity, creativity, courage and dedication. The Leah Harrison Educational Center for Child Protection was created at Montfiore through a $100,000 grant from Time Warner. Inc.
Contributors in memory of Leah:
Patricia McNicholl Quill, NP