The 2016 recipient of the Louise Gazzara Award is Mary Lou Walsh, ANP-BC, Nurse Practitioner at Mount Ida College Health Service. Her contributions to the students, staff, and community at Mount Ida embody the spirit of the Louise Gazzara award. Mary Lou will receive the award on Wednesday, November 2, at the Soiree at Ochre Court during NECHA’s 2016 Annual Meeting in Newport, Rhode Island. Congratulations, Mary Lou!
This award honors a college nurse who has made outstanding contributions to her/his college or university, the profession and/or NECHA.
The award was established originally by CHAND (College Health Association of Nurse Directors) in 1992 to honor Louise on the occasion of her retirement in 1992, after 25 distinguished years as Director of Nursing at Tufts University. Louise was also a longstanding member of NECHA, serving as president in 1982.
In 2000, NECHA assumed responsibility for the Louise Gazzara Award, continuing to use the criteria established by CHAND. Perhaps most fittingly, the 2000 award honored Carole Worsh, Director of Health Services at Pine Manor College that year. As founding member of CHAND and NECHA past president, Carole presented a commemorative plaque to Louise in 1992. Gazzara passed away in 2013 leaving a legacy of caring and consideration for the many students that she served throughout the years.
For consideration, nominees need not be an ACHA individual member, but must currently work in college health. Written nominations will be submitted in letter format to the Chair of the Awards Committee no later than June 1 of the given year. The Awards Committee shall consist of 3-5 members appointed by the Board of Directors and shall include the previous year’s recipient. The awards committee will furnish their recommendations to the Board for approval at its June meeting.