Names In The News

August 07, 2008

*Amanda Gorsuch, a nurse at at Mercy Medical Center, is being honored with the DAISY Award For Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation's program to recognize nurses.

The foundation, based in Glen Ellen, Calif., was established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died in 1999 at the age of 33 from complications of an autoimmune disease. The nursing care Barnes received inspired the award.

Gorsuch is the first DAISY honoree in Maryland. She was nominated by a patient who was touched by her care.

*Attorney Priscilla Chatman has been appointed director of governmental relations and advocacy for the American Urological Association.

Chatman, a health policy attorney, has served as vice president for government for the Lupus Foundation of America and counsel and director of government relations for the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. She was also twice appointed chair of the Health Committee for the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations.

*Dr. Stephen G. Reich in June became the first Clair Zamoiski Segal and Thomas H. Segal endowed professor in Parkinson's disease at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

The Segals' $1.5 million gift will support Parkinson's research and education. They were moved to give the endowment because of Reich's outstanding care for patients. Reich, a neurology professor, is also co-director of the Maryland Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center at the UM Medical Center.

Each year, Reich will receive money for his research and to raise awareness of the disease. The endowment will continue as long as Reich is with UM.

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