SOUTH TAMPA — Theresa Sullivan, vice president of quality/infection control/risk management/medical staff at Memorial Hospital of Tampa, has been named the Outstanding Army Nurse of the Year by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.
Sullivan, who retired this year as a colonel after 30 years of active duty in the U.S. Army, was presented the 2014 Dr. Anita Newcomb McGee Award at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.
In her role as the senior medical adviser for Quality Care, she established routine communications practices to address ongoing clinical issues and training gaps that were affecting medical care and survivability throughout the entire theater of Afghanistan.
Her efforts also resulted in significant decreases in medication related errors and equipment utilization mishaps.
“Our troops are safer and healthier thanks to Col. Sullivan’s expertise,” said Lynn F. Young, NSDAR president general. “While serving in varying assignments during the last 10 years in particular, Col. Sullivan has helped advance health care in the deployed setting to unprecedented levels of clinical excellence.
“Her influence has resulted in significant improvements in combat casualty care.”
The Anita Newcomb McGee Award honors the unique ability of Army nurses to provide effective leadership in a fast-paced environment while remaining committed to sound nursing science.
“Memorial Hospital of Tampa congratulates Theresa on this outstanding recognition of her army career and dedication to improving patient outcomes through standardization and best practices,” said John Mainieri, CEO of Memorial Hospital of Tampa. “We are fortunate to benefit daily from her leadership and expertise in ensuring the best possible outcomes for our patients and our community.”
Sullivan and her husband, Louis W. McHardy, joined more than 3,500 members of the NSDAR who attended the awards presentation during National Defense Night at the 123rd Continental Congress on June 28.