Shore Regional Health Nurse Inducted into Prestigious Academy of Emergency Nursing

For immediate release: December 01, 2014

Vanhoy joins select group of emergency nurses recognized for enduring, substantial contributions

University of Maryland Shore Regional Health has announced that that Mary Alice Vanhoy, MSN, RN, CEN, CPEN, NREMT-P, FAEN, of Stevensville, has been inducted as a Fellow of the Academy of Emergency Nursing (AEN). An emergency nurse for nearly 35 years, Vanhoy is in her 21st year with Shore Regional Health and now serves as manager, UM Shore Emergency Center at Queenstown and EMS nurse coordinator for UM Shore Medical Centers at Dorchester and Easton. 

The AEN fellowship is a prestigious honor recognizing emergency nurses for their significant contributions to quality patient care both in and out of the emergency department.  The induction ceremony for Vanhoy and nine other nurses from around the country took place on in October at ENA’s 2014 Annual Conference in Indianapolis. 

Being Academy Fellow recognizes Vanhoy’s visionary and groundbreaking leadership in the field of emergency nursing. In the past 10 years, only 119 nurses nationwide have been awarded this distinction. 

Vanhoy played a key role in the UM Shore Emergency Center at Queenstown’s achievement  as the first and only freestanding emergency center in Maryland to be designated as Emergency Medical Services Base Station. Achieved in April 2014, this designation and accreditation by Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS) enables the Emergency Center to provide immediate, quality medical direction to EMS providers working with patients in the field rather than waiting for a dual consultation with another hospital. 

Vanhoy’s leadership in the regional emergency services community includes serving EMS captain of the United Communities Volunteer Fire Department in Stevensville and EMS Program Faculty at Chesapeake Community College. In these roles, she is the key liaison between hospital providers and the students and pre-hospital providers in four suburban and rural counties in promoting quality patient care through education and quality improvement.

At the state level, Vanhoy represents emergency nurses on the Maryland EMS Board, the Maryland Chapter of the American Trauma Society and the Maryland Pediatric EMS Advisory Committee.  She also is past president and current president-elect of the Maryland State Council of the Emergency Nurses Association and serves as secretary/treasurer of the Eastern Shore Chapter of ENA.  

In addition to serving four terms as president of the Maryland ENA, Vanhoy has been active at the national level, speaking at several of the Academy’s annual and leadership conferences since 2009 and serving on national committees, Scope of Practice Revision Workgroup, ENA Leadership Conference Committee and Clinical Practice Guideline Committee.  She also is an item writer for the newest national emergency nursing certification, Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurse and serves on the national ENA committee for the Scope of Practice. Her  past awards and honors include receiving the ENA’s Nursing Professionalism Award and recognition as EMS Provider of the Year, Emergency Nurse of the Year and EMS for Geriatrics Provider of the Year.

Reaching out to the Eastern Shore community, Vanhoy has developed programs for latch-key children, bike and ATV safety, hunting safety, stroke prevention and management, and disaster preparedness. 

“I am absolutely thrilled to be selected as a Fellow of the Academy of Emergency Nursing,” says Vanhoy. “I’ve seen a lot of changes during my career, the biggest one being the transition for from low-tech to high-tech, but what is constant is the passion and dedication that we feel for our work, and the total focus on our patients and their well-being.  I think this is especially true at UM Shore Regional Health. When I speak at conferences around the country, other nurses are amazed at what a strong voice our nurses have and how much leadership we offer in the advancement of patient care.  I am very proud to work for a rural community health system, and happy that through this award and all my work with ENA, I am able to bring recognition to the outstanding professionalism and quality of Shore Regional Health’s nursing care.”

“We are so proud of Mary Alice,” observes Chris Parker, MSN, RN, CCRN, NEA-BC, CHCQM, Senior Vice President of Clinical Services and Chief Nursing Officer for UM Shore Regional Health.  “She has provided exceptional clinical expertise and leadership for many years and is a shining example of the caliber of leader that makes Shore Regional Health such an outstanding organization. It is truly gratifying to see her receive this prestigious recognition from the Academy of Emergency Nursing.”

Vanhoy’s designation is much more than another honor on her already lengthy list. Looking at the certificate that will soon join others on the wall of her office at UM Shore Emergency Center at Queenstown, she comments, “I feel this really validates my dedication to emergency nursing, and of course, it also gives me more to do. My strongest interests are in advancing the profession of nursing, nursing education and advanced certification, emergency nursing as a career choice and mentoring new nurses coming into the field.”

About the Emergency Nurses Association (www.ena.org.)
Founded in 1970, the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) is the premier professional and international nursing association dedicated to defining the future of emergency nursing through advocacy, education, research, innovation, and leadership. ENA now has 40,000 members worldwide. 

About the Academy of Emergency Nursing
ENA established AEN in 2004, and the first class of Fellows was inducted in 2005. To date, 119 extraordinary emergency nurses have been inducted into the AEN and proudly list FAEN as one of their professional credentials.

Benjamin E. Marett, MSN, RN, CEN, CCRN, FAEN, congratulates Mary Alice Vanhoy, MSN, RN, CEN, CPEN, NREMT-P, FAEN

At the Emergency Nurses Association Awards Gala: Benjamin E. Marett, MSN, RN, CEN, CCRN, FAEN, congratulates Mary Alice Vanhoy, MSN, RN, CEN, CPEN, NREMT-P, FAEN, manager, UM Shore Emergency Center at Queenstown and EMS nurse coordinator, UM Shore Medical Centers at Easton and Dorchester. Vanhoy credits Marett for being her mentor in ENA.