Student Health Services prepares for national accreditation

At the Student Health Services fair, left to right, graduate assistant Sara Ridder, Graduate Assistant, and quality improvement manager Kim Joyner,  present a game called, “Swashbucking with Captain Kim” to Nadya Majette Elliot, health promotion project manager and Joyce Bullock, health information.(Contributed photos).

At the Student Health Services fair, left to right, graduate assistant Sara Ridder and quality improvement manager Kim Joyner, present a game called, “Swashbucking with Captain Kim” to Nadya Majette Elliot, health promotion project manager, and Joyce Bullock, Health Information. (Contributed photos).

East Carolina University’s Student Health Services hosted an AAAHC (Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care) fair March 11 for health services employees as a way to prepare them for the June AAAHC survey for national accreditation.

The event offered interactive games that educated participants on issues such as patient rights, quality of care and quality improvements. Participants who successfully completed all games had an opportunity to enter a drawing to win homemade baked goods and rain gear.

At left, Kenzie Bundy, Health Information, plays “Save Billy’s Kids,” presented by Greg Morris, Pharmacy.

At left, Kenzie Bundy, Health Information, plays “Save Billy’s Kids,” presented by Greg Morris, Pharmacy.

Student Health Services’ preparation for AAAHC accreditation is an ongoing process that, in addition to the fair, includes mock inspections, education sessions, self-assessment of AAAHC standards and bimonthly chapter captain meetings. SHS was re-accredited by AAAHC in 2011. The accreditation certification demonstrates commitment to provide the highest level of quality of care to ECU students.

AAAHC is a private, non-profit organization formed in 1979. Their primary purpose is to develop standards to advance and promote patient safety, quality care and value for ambulatory health care through peer-based accreditation process, education and research. The AAAHC Accreditation is a voluntary process which involves an onsite visit for surveyors to measure health care organizations’ quality of services and performance against nationally recognized standards.

Pictured left to right, Justin Elliot, Administration, discusses the rules of “We’ve got this in the Bag-go!” presented by Ellen Goldberg, Nursing.

Pictured left to right, Justin Elliot, Administration, discusses the rules of “We’ve got this in the Bag-go!” presented by Ellen Goldberg, Nursing.

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College of Nursing honors 2014 Hall of Fame inductees

Pictured from left to right are Dr. Sylvia Brown, Linda Siegrist, Barbara Pendergrass (attended in honor of her aunt, inductee Barbara Adams), Dr. Marie Pokorny, Anne Suggs (represented her mother, inductee Joanne Suggs), Michelle Brooks, Dr. Robin Webb-Corbett, Dr. Cheryl Duke, Helene Reilly and Debra Wallace. 

Pictured from left to right are Dr. Sylvia Brown, Linda Siegrist, Barbara Pendergrass (attended in honor of her aunt, inductee Barbara Adams), Dr. Marie Pokorny, Anne Suggs (represented her mother, inductee Joanne Suggs), Michelle Brooks, Dr. Robin Webb-Corbett, Dr. Cheryl Duke, Helene Reilly and Debra Wallace.

The East Carolina University College of Nursing inducted nine members to its Hall of Fame during a ceremony held at Rock Springs Center March 7. The event, which also recognized the 2014 distinguished alumna, honored outstanding contributors to nursing in the areas of education, administration, research and practice.

The Hall of Fame has raised nearly $80,000 for a merit-based student scholarship fund since its inception in 2011. Thanks to this program, the college will award its fourth Hall of Fame Scholarship this fall. This year’s recipient, senior nursing student Katherine Waters, was recognized at the event.

“The Hall of Fame is a way to acknowledge the accomplishments of exemplary leaders in the field of nursing,” said Dr. Sylvia Brown, dean of the College of Nursing. “It’s fitting that we honor them by supporting the education of some of our brightest students.”

The 2014 inductees join more than 60 Hall of Fame members representing eight states. Each new member receives a flame-shaped award that resembles the lamp illustrated on the college’s nursing pin. The lamp and its associated flame symbolize service and a vibrant life.

This year’s Hall of Fame class included the following:

  • Barbara Adams
  • Michelle Brooks
  • Dr. Robin Webb Corbett
  • Dr. Cheryl Duke
  • Carol Hallisey
  • Dr. Marie Pokorny
  • Helene Reilly
  • Linda Siegrist
  • Joanne Suggs

On a night set aside for celebrating influential nurse leaders, the college also recognized the recipient of its 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award. This year’s awardee is Dr. Debra Wallace, a Hall of Fame member from the class of 2011 and an alumna of the college’s master of science in nursing program. Wallace is the Daphine Doster Mastroianni Distinguished Professor and associate dean for research at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro School of Nursing. She also is director of the UNC Greensboro Center for the Health of Vulnerable Populations.

To nominate a Hall of Fame member, contact Mark Alexander, major gifts officer, at alexanderma@ecu.edu or 252-744-2324. Additional information about the Hall of Fame is available at www.nursing.ecu.edu/hof_guidelines.htm.

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EC Scholars host 5K fundraiser

East Carolina University’s EC Scholars are hosting a Schoolhouse Rock n’ Run 5K from 2 – 4 p.m. March 23 at the North Recreational Complex.

Proceeds will benefit the Pitt County Educational Foundation, which supports local public school teachers and students.

All four classes of EC Scholars joined in to plan and carry out the fundraising event to exemplify the ECU mission of service and leadership. They choose the Pitt County Educational Foundation because it offers grants for innovative and exciting ways for enhancing student learning.

The event will kick off with a Kids’ Dash, followed by the 5K at 2:30 p.m. Additional activities for children will include beach volleyball, kickball, corn hole, crafts and face painting.

Participation fees are $15 for adults, $10 for students in middle school through college (with an ID) and $2 for children 11 and under who are participating in the Kids’ Dash. Registration is open through start time on race day and is available at http://www.runtheeast.com/calendardetail.php?id=312.

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ECU nursing professor named AANP fellow

Bobby Lowery, assistant professor and director of the East Carolina University College of Nursing’s Doctor of Nursing Practice Program, has been selected as a 2014 fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

According to the AANP, the purpose of the fellows is to “impact national and global health by engaging recognized nurse practitioner leaders who make outstanding contributions to clinical practice, research, education or policy, enhancing the AANP mission. It is also to provide a forum to extend and enhance fellows’ efforts to mentor and to facilitate leadership development of NPs.”

Lowery will be inducted on June 19 during the AANP 29th National Conference in Nashville, Tenn.

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