VA Maryland Health Care System
Nurse Practitioner Recognized
The Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Gamma Chapter and the Provident Helene Fuld Nurses Alumni Association, which comprise the Black Nursing Organizations in Maryland, have selected Dr. Lois Freeman, a nurse practitioner at the VA Maryland Health Care System, for its 2018 Pathfinder Nursing Legacy Award. This award recognizes nurses with a nurturing spirit, a driving passion to improve the health and well-being of others, a commitment to personal and professional growth and development in nursing for self and others. The award, which presented at the organization’s 20th Black History Month Celebration, recognizes nurses who are highly competent and who have made significant contributions to the nursing field.
“We’re thrilled that Dr. Lois Freeman has been selected for this award. She has long demonstrated a deep caring attitude toward her patients,” said Dr. Sandra Marshall, chief of staff at the VA Maryland Health Care System. “She also displayed outstanding innovation with her idea for an app that will help all patients with cardiac failure.”
Freeman, a cardiology nurse practitioner, won funding through VA’s 2016 Employee Innovation Competition, for her idea for a smartphone app that tracks the diet, weight and exercise of cardiology patients, currently in development.
“We are honored to bestow this award on Dr. Lois Freeman,” said Reba R. Fitchett, RN, chairperson of Black History Celebration 2018. “To date, 70-80 nurses in Maryland have received the Pathfinder Legacy Award since its inception in 1997, an award created by Rose Hynes, RN, and then continued by Dr. Rosetta Sands in 1998 to increase the visibility of the contributions of black nurses in Maryland,” she said. “Through dedication, excellence and strength of spirit, trailblazing African-American women working as nurses broke down racial barriers within the nursing profession,” she added.