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UMass - Amherst 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient

This year University Massachusetts, Amherst Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient Susan Hagedorn '77 is a nationally recognized nurse, filmmaker and philanthropist. As a retired pediatric and women’s health nurse practitioner specializing in adolescence, Hagedorn serves on the emeriti faculty of the University of Colorado School of Nursing. 

After retiring from her career in medicine, Hagedorn decided to pursue her love of filmmaking. She founded Seedworks Films for which she produces and directs documentaries for social change. Seedworks Films is the largest producer of films about nurses and nursing in the United States and is the action arm of The Seedworks Fund, a non-profit foundation whose mission is seeding social change with an emphasis on health, education and vulnerable families.

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