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Martha Keene Schwebach

Martha Keene Schwebach, American nurse practitioner. Certified family nurse practitioner, 1977. Recipient formal recognition for nurses where practice reflects high professional standards; honored by President Gerald R. Ford at Oval Office of White House, 1974; named New Mexico Outstanding Young Woman of Year, 1974, 90, one of Outstanding Young Women of America, 1974; first family nurse practitioner in the United States.


  • Schwebach, Martha Keene was born on February 3, 1939 in Pratt, Kansas, United States. Daughter of Samuel Sidney and Alice Katherine (Sanko) Keene.

  • Education

    • Dominican School of Nursing, 1960., University New Mexico, 1968. Fellow, University New Mexico, 1969.


    • Lecturer, co-author, fellow department epidemiology, community medicine University New Mexico School of Medicine, Albuquerque, 1968-1972. Pilot project University New Mexico, 1969-1972. Administrator Hope Medical Center, Inc., Estancia, New Mexico, 1970-1977, Moriarty (New Mexico) Medical Clinic, 1977-1982, Central New Mexico Medical Center, Inc., Moriarty, 1982-1991.

      Family nurse practitioner Family Health Clinic, since 1992. Established not-for-profit medical organization with later expansion to urgent care center. Consultant for establishment of rural clinics.

      Grant writer in field.

    Major achievements

    • Certified family nurse practitioner, 1977.


    • Contributor numerous publications to professional journals.


    Guest lecturer for American Medical Association, American Hospital Association, Josiah Macy Junior Foundation, Department Health, Education and Welfare. Member American Nurses Association, American Nurses Credentialing Center, American Nurses Association Council on Advanced Practice, New Mexico Nurses Association, New Mexico Nurse Practitioner Council.



    Art, photography, gardening.


    • Married Donald E. Schwebach, September 3, 1960. Children: Douglas, Cynthia, Daryl, Dean.
    • father: Samuel Sidney Keene
    • mother: Alice Katherine (Sanko) Keene
    • spouse: Donald E. Schwebach
    • children: Douglas Schwebach
    • Cynthia Schwebach
    • Daryl Schwebach
    • Dean Schwebach
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    Born February 3, 1939