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Nursing Chapter presents first Alumni Awards

award recipients
Dr. Betty Sue McGarvey and Dr. Sam Maceri
For the first time, the Loewenberg School of Nursing Alumni Chapter has honored two graduates – Dr. Sam Maceri and Dr. Betty Sue McGarvey – with its Outstanding Alumni award.

Maceri (AA ’76, MPA ’80, BSN ’99) has been a registered nurse for more than 30 years, with experience in medical/surgical nursing, mental health nursing, education and administration. He holds undergraduate degrees in philosophy, divinity and nursing, master’s degrees in public administration and nursing, and a doctor of nursing science. Maceri is certified in nursing executive, advanced, by the American Nurses Association Credentialing Center.

He is the director of education and support for Patient Care Services at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. In addition to his duties at St. Jude, Maceri is an adjunct faculty member at Southwest Tennessee Community College, Baptist College of Health Sciences, the University of Memphis and the University of Tennessee Heath Science Center. He teaches management, leadership, research and curriculum design, and is a clinical instructor in leadership and mental health nursing.

McGarvey (BSN ’85) is president of Baptist College of Health Sciences. A 1978 graduate of the Baptist Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, she earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the U of M and spent the majority of her clinical career in emergency and cardiovascular nursing. In 1990, she completed her Master of Science in nursing administration at UTHSC. McGarvey has held various educational and administrative roles, including director of cardiovascular services, for Baptist Memorial Hospital.

McGarvey received her doctorate in nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2002 and was promoted to provost and chief academic officer in 2003 to oversee academic and student services. She was appointed president of Baptist College of Health Sciences in August 2005.

McGarvey was named a Fuld Leadership Fellow in 2002 by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. In 2007, she was recognized by Memphis Woman magazine as one of the “50 Women Who Make a Difference.” She currently serves on the board of directors for the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association and the Memphis Medical Center Advisory Board.

The awards were presented at a luncheon at the Fogelman Executive Center in May.

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