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Passion for Aiding Others Helps This Nurse Make a Difference

News Release: March 13, 2015

Passion for Aiding Others Helps This Nurse Make a Difference

Bolingbrook – Known as the ‘energizer bunny’ by her co-workers, Ana Payne’s enthusiasm and passion for nursing has had a significant impact on both patients and co-workers alike at Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital where she is a charge nurse. 


Payne’s nursing career is an avocation that began when she was in junior high and watched an elderly woman collapse while everyone panicked around her.  Payne notes, “I remember thinking – That’s the last time someone around me needs help and I don’t know what to do.”  After becoming a biologist and briefly working in cancer research, Ana knew that she needed to help people more directly. 


When her husband, who was in the U.S. Army’s Cavalry Division at the time, was transferred to New York and then Iraq, Payne felt God calling her to become a nurse and fulfill the promise she had made to herself so many years previously.


She graduated from nursing school in New York in 2009 and joined Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital in 2011, where Payne quickly became a valued member of their nursing staff – recognized by fellow team members and patients alike for her dedication and passion for helping others.  Recently promoted to charge nurse, Payne is tri-lingual (fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese) and her Spanish speaking skills have been a tremendous asset in serving the Hospital’s Hispanic population.


Payne’s caring attitude and high standards of performance epitomize the Hospital’s commitment to providing outstanding and compassionate care and have led to her being named Employee of the Year 2014 for Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital.  “I am proud to be part of Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital.  There is an awesome group atmosphere here and excellent teamwork,” Payne states.


“Ana is the complete package – a skilled nurse, a leader for her team and a kind, caring representative of the best our healthcare facility has to offer,” states Rick Mace, chief executive officer with Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital.


When not at the Hospital, Payne enjoys running marathons and is passionately committed to mission work.  In 2014, she represented Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital on the Adventist Midwest Health mission trip to provide medical care and assistance to people in the Dominican Republic.


“I initially came to Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital when my husband became ill and was sent here for treatment.  I was impressed by the people and the hospital’s commitment to its patients as well as serving others through mission work.  It is a huge blessing for me to be part of a hospital that allows me to pursue my two passions – nursing and aiding third world communities through mission work,” states Payne.  Payne lives in Bolingbrook with her husband and two children, an 8-year-old boy and 3-year-old girl.



Adventist Midwest Health includes Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. To find a physician, visit


Physicians on the medical staff of Adventist Midwest Health Hospitals are independent contractors, and are not agents of the hospitals.


Media contact: Julie Busch, regional director, Communications, Adventist Midwest Health,; (630) 856-2353.