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Nursing Alumni Chapter Will Present Awards May 22 University News
For release: May 5, 2008

For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey

For the first time, the Loewenberg School of Nursing Alumni Chapter will honor two graduates with its Outstanding Alumni award. Dr. Sam Maceri and Dr. Betty Sue McGarvey will be recognized at a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. May 22 at the Fogelman Executive Center on the University of Memphis campus.

Reservations must be made by May 14, either by phone at 901-678-3119 or by email to alumnievents@memphis.edu.  The cost is $25 per person.

Dr. Sam Maceri
Dr. Sam Maceri
Maceri 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 doctorate in nursing science. Maceri is certified in nursing administration, 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, where he is responsible for the ongoing orientation, competency evaluation, staff development, in-service, and continuing education for nursing.

In addition to his duties at St. Jude, Maceri is an adjunct faculty member at the U of M, Southwest Tennessee Community College, Baptist College of Health Sciences, and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

McGarvey 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 received her master of science in nursing administration degree from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. McGarvey has held various educational and administrative roles, including director of cardiovascular services for Baptist Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Betty Sue McGarvey
Dr. Betty Sue McGarvey
She returned to nursing education in 1994 as an instructor at Baptist Memorial Hospital School of Nursing and served on the initial planning team that was responsible for establishing Baptist College of Health Sciences in 1995. McGarvey served as director of planning and institutional effectiveness at the College while remaining in the classroom as an assistant professor. In addition, she led the College in the process of receiving accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

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.

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