|Incoming US Army surgeon general among UNC nursing school alumni awardees|
|Monday, November 28, 2011|
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing will honor four recipients with alumni awards on Wednesday (Nov. 30).
The awardees are Maj. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho; Linda Cronenwett, Ph.D.; Meg Zomorodi, Ph.D.; and Jennifer Bland.
Kristen M. Swanson, Ph.D., dean and Alumni Distinguished Professor in the school, will present the awards during a reception in the George Watts Hill Alumni Center.
Alumna of the Year
Born in Fayetteville, N.C., Horoho earned a bachelor of science in nursing from the school and a master of science degree as a clinical trauma nurse specialist from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a resident graduate of the Army’s Command and General Staff College and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, where she earned a second master of science degree in national resource strategy.
Her other honors include being recognized by Time Life Publications for her actions at the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. She was among 15 nurses selected by the American Red Cross and Nursing Spectrum magazine to receive national recognition as a “Nurse Hero” in 2002 and was the USO’s “Woman of the Year” in 2009.
Honorary Alumna Award
As dean she began the first and only psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner master of science program in the state, oversaw completion of the new addition to Carrington Hall and increased the school’s commitment to multiculturalism and diversity. She earned a master’s degree in parent-child nursing from the University of Washington and undergraduate and doctoral degrees in nursing from the University of Michigan.
Cronenwett is co-director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Executive Nurse Fellows program and principal investigator of the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses national initiative. She is on the boards of directors of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation and the North Carolina Institute of Medicine, chairs the North Carolina Center for Hospital Quality and Patient Safety, and is an appointed member of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ special medical advisory group.
Graduate of the Last Decade
Zomorodi is conducting research at Duke University Medical Center. Her research interests include intensive care nursing, leadership skills, nursing competency and issues related to end-of-life care. She is a member of the Hospice and Palliative Care Nurses Association, the Alpha Alpha Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, the UNC School of Nursing Alumni Board and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. She traveled to Uganda twice with Duke Neurosurgical Services, most recently taking eight undergraduate UNC nursing students as part of a clinical summer work experience.
Carrington Award for Community Service
Media note: To schedule an interview with Horoho or to attend the awards reception on Nov. 30, please contact Nancy Lamontagne and Patric Lane.
School of Nursing contact: Nancy Lamontagne,