Auburn, Maine nurse practitioner recognized for efforts to protect at-risk children
Cherokee Uniforms announced today that Bill Legere, FNP, ACNP, a family nurse practitioner at Central Maine Medical Center, is a winner of its 11th annual Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award. Legere is among six care providers across the country to be named a national award winner, selected for their impact on the lives of others through extraordinary patient care, sacrifice and innovation while serving as an inspiration to others. Legere is the national Inspired Comfort Award winner in the Advanced Practice Nurse category.
After the tragic death of his daughter, Grace, in 1993, Legere became a fierce advocate for at-risk children – in Maine and around the world.
“Bill is the consummate patient
advocate,” said Mary McRae, a nurse manager at Central Maine Medical Center, a 2004 Inspired Comfort Award winner and Legere’s nominator.” He works tirelessly to support what he feels every child needs – hope and grace.”
Legere started the non-profit Foundation of Hope and Grace to serve as a voice for at-risk women and children, especially victims of child abuse, domestic violence and human trafficking. The foundation partners with like-minded organizations around the world to protect, educate and nurture. Legere also co-founded the Not Here Justice in Action Network to elevate the awareness of human trafficking and exploitation in his home state of Maine and to facilitate a collaborative safety net for women and children among law enforcement, social service agencies, educators, healthcare workers and the faith community.
“Cherokee is thrilled to recognize Bill Legere for his dedication, compassion and determination to advocate for children around the world who are at risk of being harmed or killed. He joins all of this year’s winners as a model for providing outstanding care, as well as inspiration to their peers,” said Michael Singer, Chief Executive Officer of Cherokee Uniforms. “We are proud to honor Bill for his exemplary service which benefits women and children each and every day.”