(May 7, 2015) – Martina Gallagher, Ph.D., R.N., assistant professor in the Department of Nursing Systems, is one of two nursing professionals from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) who have been selected as honorees in the Houston Chronicle’s “Salute to Nurses” program.

“It is always nice to be recognized for the work that you do,” Gallagher said. “I am grateful to be nominated as someone who has a positive influence on the nursing community.”

Gallagher was nominated by Rosa Arredondo, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) student.

“Dr. Gallagher is very inspirational and I see her as my mentor. I wish I would have met her sooner,” Arredondo said. “Everything I’ve learned in her class will definitely help me in my future career as a nurse. I could go on and on about Dr. Gallagher but she is definitely one of those professors I am always going to remember. That’s why I nominated her.”

Gallagher currently is working with B.S.N. students on a systematic review of interventions that address obesity in Latinos and looking at the cultural values that are used in these interventions.  Other projects include a grant proposal with Assistant Professor Sabrina Pickens, Ph.D., that would introduce tango to senior citizens at a Houston-area nursing home.

The other Salute to Nurses honoree from UTHealth is Stephanie Parker, B.S.N., R.N., project manager with the UTHealth Mobile Stroke Unit.  Parker recently reported at the annual American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference on how UTHealth created the nation’s first mobile stroke unit, which is carrying out stroke treatment within 10 to 18 minutes of arrival on location.

Parker will receive particular recognition as a “Top 10 Nurse” who will be profiled in a special section of the Sunday newspaper to be published May 10. 

Gallagher, Parker and 148 other nurses selected as the Top 150 nurses in the area were chosen from hundreds of nominations by a panel of educators and leaders identified by the Houston Chronicle.

The honorees were special guests at the annual Salute to Nurses luncheon today at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.