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. As founding member of CHAND and NECHA past president, Carole presented a commemorative plaque to Louise in 1992.
Individuals, who need not be ACHA individual members, may be nominated by any member or member institution of the New England College Health Association. 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.
The recipient will be recognized at the Annual Meeting that fall and their registration fee is waived.
Nominations for the 2015 Louise Gazzara Award will open November 1, 2014.