Mary Lou Walsh is the recipient of the Louise Gazzara Award

Mary Lou Walsh(l) with Dr. Mark Reed, Director of Health Services, Dartmouth College, former NECHA President.

Mary Lou Walsh(l) with Dr. Mark Reed, Director of Health Services, Dartmouth College, former NECHA President.

Mary Lou Walsh, ANP-BC, Nurse Practitioner in Health Services at the Wellness Center at Mount Ida College has been named this year’s recipient of the Louise Gazzara award, presented annually to honor a college nurse who has made outstanding contributions to his/her university/college, the profession or to the New England College Health Association (NECHA).

Walsh was recognized for her contributions to the students, staff and community and honored for her embodiment of the spirit of the Louise Gazzara award.

Her colleagues at Mount Ida, who nominated her for this distinction had this to say:

“Mary Lou has worked as a provider in college health for over 25 years, serving as a nurse practitioner at Mount Ida College. Mary Lou has become a vital part of the campus community at Mount Ida, and that’s due only in part to the excellent care she provides in our campus clinic. She also goes above and beyond the expectations of her position in order to support students and her colleagues.

Mary Lou is meticulous and thorough in her work and strives to give each student exemplary care. Her friendly and welcoming demeanor sets students at ease, and she often rearranges her schedule to squeeze in a walk-in or stay a bit later to see that last unexpected student of the day. She cares deeply about the health and well-being of the students at Mount Ida, and her commitment to her work shows it. She strives to improve her practice and collaborates frequently with the other nurse practitioners and the consulting physician in order to make sure that she’s utilizing best practices. She makes a point of attending the annual NECHA conference each year in pursuit of expanding knowledge in her specialty of college health.

Mary Lou is also an engaged member of the Mount Ida community. She frequently volunteers to participate in campus events- anything from Commencement to a study abroad trip to Peru that needed a last-minute chaperone.

We admire her dedication to the nursing profession and to Mount Ida. We can’t think of a more deserving recipient of the Louise Gazzara Award other than Mary Lou Walsh.”

The award was named in honor of Gazzara who retired after 25 distinguished years as Director of Nursing at Tufts University and who served as NECHA president in 1982.

Walsh received the honor during a ceremony at the NECHA annual meeting in Newport, Rhode Island.