SACRAMENTO — The California Association For Nurse Practitioners has formally recognized Sen. Jeff Stone, R-Riverside, as the 2018 Advocate of the Year at their Annual Lobby Day event at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel.

“You have been a constant champion of the Nurse Practitioners over the years and we are grateful for your friendship and support of our profession,” wrote Theresa Ullrich, President of CANP.

Stone is only the seventh state legislator to receive the CANP award since the organization was established more 40 years ago.

Nurse Practitioners play an important role in the healthcare delivery system and provide a variety of care in settings including hospitals, community clinics and private practice settings.

“The hard work and dedication of Nurse Practitioners is especially important in medically underserved and vulnerable communities like some of those in the Coachella Valley,” said Stone said in a prepared statement. “It is an honor to work to help Nurse Practitioners better serve the people of California.”

CANP is an agent of change, uniting nurse practitioners, promoting them as integral leaders and fostering their professional development. Membership in CANP offers nurse practitioners strong support in several key areas.

Stone was elected to represent the 28th State Senate District in 2014. He  is seeking re-election this year. He is challenged by Joy Silver, a Democrat from Palm Springs, and Anna Nevenic, also a Democrat from Palm Springs.

Jeff Stone represents California’s 28th Senate District. The district, which is entirely in Riverside County, stretches from the vineyards of the Temecula Valley to the Colorado River and includes the cities of Blythe, Canyon Lake, Cathedral City, Coachella, Desert Hot Springs, Indian Wells, Indio, Lake Elsinore, La Quinta, Murrieta, Temecula, Palm Desert, Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage and Wildomar.

Photo caption: Senator Stone is pictured with CANP President Theresa Ullrich (left), and CANP President-Elect Karen Bradley.