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U nurse receives recognition for leadership

Carolyn Larrivee-a registered nurse and University Hospital’s director of emergency, critical care, medical and surgical patient care and cardiac services-received the Excellence in Nursing Leadership Award on Sept. 21 from the Utah Organization of Nurse Leaders.

Larrivee was chosen to receive the award because of the work she has done as a leader within the health-care community.

The Excellence in Nursing Leadership Award is the highest honor given by the Utah Organization of Nurse Leaders.

Multi-million dollar grant given to U hematology professor to study blood disorders

Josef T. Prchal, professor of internal medicine in the division of hematology at the U’s medical school, will receive more than $2 million to conduct research and clinical trials as a part of the Myeloproliferate Disorders Research Consortium.

The U and Prchal will be working with eight other institutions worldwide to advance research about incurable blood disorders, including some forms of leukemia.

Chronic myeloid leukemia, polycythemia vera, essential thrombocythemia and idiopathic myelofibrosis will be the primary blood disorders studied.

Nursing dean chosen for national council

Maureen Keefe, dean of the College of Nursing and presidential endowed professor, was appointed by Secretary Michael Leavitt of the Department of Health and Human Services to participate on the National Advisory Council on nurse education and practice.

The principal role Keefe will take on in the council will be to make recommendations to the HHS secretary and Congress on issues relating, but not limited to, the nursing work force, education and practice improvement.

Keefe holds the Louis H. Perry Endowed Chair and played an instrumental role in nursing education initiative to address the statewide nursing shortage. She will serve a four-year term with the council.

Natalie Hale