Julie LeBlanc

 

ROCKPORT— Julie LeBlanc, a charge nurse in the Emergency Department at Pen Bay Medical Center, has been named SAFE Nurse of the Year for 2020, by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.
SAFE stands for sexual assault forensic examiner, and SAFE nurses provide compassionate and non-judgmental care to survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse, elder abuse and human trafficking, performing head-to-toe exams, treating injuries and offering pregnancy prophylaxis and preventative treatment for sexually transmitted diseases. They may also perform medical forensic exams, collecting evidence and taking photographs that may later be used in the legal system.
Nationally, one in three women and one in six men have suffered some form of sexual violence, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Pen Bay Medical Center, Waldo County General Hospital and LincolnHealth share a team of nine certified SAFE nurses. To learn more about the SAFE Nurse Program, call Mary Ann Ordelt, coordinator of the Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner program, at 505-4025.