Friday, September 24, 2010
Judith H. Poole, PhD, MHA/MBA, RNC-OB, C-EFM,manager of birthing care and special maternity care at Presbyterian Women’s Center, will receive the 2010 Distinguished Professional Service Award from the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN). A nonprofit organization that promotes the health of women and babies, AWHONN aims to strengthen the nursing profession through superior advocacy, research, education and other professional and clinical resources and is one of the most well-known women’s health organizations in the country.
Poole received the Distinguished Professional Service Award because of her significant contributions to the field. In addition to her nurse manager responsibilities in 2009, she also led many practice changes in collaboration with physician leaders, including a new Pitocin protocol and limiting elective inductions and Cesarean births to 39 weeks gestation without a medical indication.
“I am honored to receive this award,” Poole said. “There are so many individuals within AWHONN who have made great advances in women’s health, and it’s touching that people think so highly of me. Most importantly, I am glad to make a difference in the lives of women and babies. That’s why I do what I do and why I love it so much!”
In her free time, Poole is an active volunteer for March of Dimes, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. She has been involved for years, serving on numerous committees and task forces, in addition to making significant financial contributions.
“I truly know of no one who is more deserving of this prestigious award,” said Pat Campbell, vice president of women’s and children’s services for Presbyterian Healthcare. “Judy has spent her nursing career working to improve the health of women and babies, and she has made many excellent contributions to our hospital. We are fortunate to have her with our organization.”
Poole will officially receive her award at the 2010 AWHONN conference in Las Vegas next week.
For more information about women’s services at Presbyterian Healthcare, visit www.presbyterian.org/women or call 704-384-CARE (2273).