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June 29, 2018

Haitian American Nurses Association of Rockland County, Inc., announces corporate name change to Haitian American Nurses Association of Hudson Valley, New York, Inc.

SPRING VALLEY, New York, June 29, 2018 — Bibiane D. Sykes, the President of the Haitian American Nurses Association, announced this week, that the Not-for-Profit, 501(c)(3) Organization will officially be changing its name to Haitian American Nurses Association of Hudson Valley, New York, Inc., (“HANA”) effective July 1, 2018.

Sykes explained that the new name reflects the evolving growth and demand for HANA’s charitable services beyond Rockland County, adding, “after ten years of serving primarily Rockland County we realized that the surrounding communities faced similar needs in terms of healthcare disparity and illiteracy, and would equally benefit from HANA’s team of healthcare professionals.”

According to Berthilde Dufrene, founder of HANA/Rockland, “the association thrives to help communities where disparities exist … and to increase health literacy around the globe.”

HANA was founded in 2008 following a major flood which occurred in the northwestern region of Haiti. Since then, HANA has been involved in various medical missions around the world, providing much needed medical relief following natural disasters in countries such as Haiti and the Philippines.

In alignment with the adoption of the new name, HANA plans to launch a new office in Westchester County and conduct membership drives throughout the Hudson Valley region. Healthcare professionals who are interested in volunteering their time and services should contact President Bibiane Sykes at

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