theresa sullivan army nurse of the year

PHOTO CAPTION (left to right): National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution President General Lynn F. Young presents Colonel Theresa Sullivan with the prestigious 2014 Dr. Anita Newcomb McGee Award.

Tampa, FL – Theresa Sullivan, RNC, 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 (NSDAR). Colonel Sullivan was presented the 2014 Dr. Anita Newcomb McGee Award at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Colonel Sullivan, who retired from Active Duty Service earlier this year, was honored for 30 years of meritorious service to the United States Army, according to Lynn F. Young, NSDAR President General. In her role as the Senior Medical Advisor 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 theatre 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 Colonel Sullivan's expertise,” said Young. “While serving in varying assignments during the last 10 years in particular, Colonel Sullivan has helped advance healthcare 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.”

Colonel 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, 2014.