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.
Congratulations to our 2021 Louise Gazzara Award recipient, Marianne Coscia, RN, Tufts University!
Marianne has been at Tufts University Health Service for 10 years. As our Nurse Manager, Marianne has exemplified outstanding qualities of excellence in nursing, compassion, flexibility and creative problem solving. She has had a tremendous influence on our practice. Above all else, Marianne is a nurse. She has deep sense of mission in caring for those who are suffering in any way, using both her technical skills and her emotional skills to optimize the health of the whole individual. No task is too small for her, whether it be taking ibuprofen and a thermometer to a sick student on a rainy night after health service has closed, or finding a winter coat for a student who has never encountered cold weather. And no task is too large, such as when she came into Health Service for 10 hours on a Sunday to help the Medical Director communicate with 130 students who were all exposed to our first student Covid case, or when she managed the 400 students in contact quarantine for months, 7 days a week. Marianne puts her heart and soul into whatever she touches.
Marianne received the award during NYSCHA | NECHA’s 2021 Live, Virtual Annual Meeting.