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Pat is the nurse TB Program Coordinator. She received this award on March 9, 2017. Each year a nominee is selected by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene TB Control Program whose service most emulated the qualities of Dr. Glasser.
Dr. Glasser made significant contributions to the prevention and control of TB in Maryland. In 1966, Baltimore City had the highest case rate of any large city in the country. At that time, Maryland was ranked #1 for TB in the country. Dr. Glasser was hired by Baltimore City to address this health issue and he did so by initiating the 4-drug treatment and the method of administering these drugs by Directly Observed Therapy (DOT). This became the standard of care in Maryland and is now the standard of care for TB patients worldwide, and a model for the treatment of other diseases.
The award was first presented in 1996 and now Pat joins a very prestigious group of nurses, doctors and laboratorians who have also achieved this award. Pat was nominated by her TB Program colleagues – Dr. Randall Culpepper, Sarah Andrews and Darlene Armacost. We were so excited to learn that Pat was selected from all other nominees because she demonstrated characteristics similar to those of Dr. Glasser in her daily effort to prevent and control TB in Frederick County. Pat is an excellent nurse who has a caring and compassionate manner with her clients. She works diligently to ensure DOT is provided whether it is here at the health department or the client’s home or worksite.
As we congratulate Pat we must recognize that this award is an honor for the Health Department.