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Mary Tola, CRNP recipient 2009/2010 USM Regents' University System Staff Award.

Mary Tola, CRNP was awarded the 2009/2010 USM Regents' University System Staff Award in the category of "Outstanding Service to Students." On September 17, 2010 the University System of Maryland Board of Regents bestowed Ms. Tola with this highest honor for her exceptional contribution to Frostburg State University.

Ms. Tola received the award for her work with students at the Brady Health Center at Frostburg State University where she is the director. She has been on staff at Frostburg since 2003.

In her nomination it was noted that in this past year alone she planned and developed a campus-wide response to the H1N1 outbreak and has supported a campus wellness initiative for which she received a competitive grant. She also spearheaded the reaccreditation of the health center by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. She is considered by her colleagues to be extremely dedicated to her students and a great student advocate. They, also, consider her knowledgeable, professional and a wonderful role model who is very concerned about her staff. She was recognized in 2009 as the Nurse Practioner of the Year in Allegany County.

Ms. Tola is a graduate of Niagara University in New York where she was active in the NSNA and was a commissioned officer in the United States Army for six years. She was stationed at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, WA for three years following her successful completion of basic training at Ft. Sam Houston, Texas. From 1975-76 Ms. Tola undertook military course work for nurse practitioner at Ft. Ord in California where she graduated with honors. She was assigned to Ft. Meade, MD as an Adult Nurse Practitioner.

She was honorably discharged in 1977 from the Army and worked for two years as an NP at the Baltimore City Hospital. She moved to Cumberland, MD with her family. Ms. Tola enrolled in the masters nursing program at the University of Maryland where she degreed with a Masters of Science in Nursing. She taught for a time at Allegany Community College. She worked part-time for as an NP several years at the Allegany Health Department going fulltime in 1987 as the Assistant Director of Nursing and head of the Adult Health and Communicable Diseases Prevention.

She is married to Fred Tola and they have four adult children.

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Title Annotation:Nursing School/Education; Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner; University System of Maryland
Publication:Maryland Nurse
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Date:Nov 1, 2010
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