AACN News—July 1998—Awards Cite Special Contributions

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Vol. 15, No. 7, JULY 1998



C. Raymond Larkin, Jr. Tim Porter-O'Grady Gladys M. Campbell

Individuals who have made significant contributions to acute and critical care nursing or to AACN were honored at the 1998 National Teaching Institute and Advanced Practice Institute in Los Angeles last month.

Pioneering Spirit awards were presented to C. Raymond Larkin, Jr, who resigned in March as executive vice president of Mallinckrodt Inc and as president and chief executive officer of Nellcor Puritan Bennett, Mallinckrodt’s respiratory products unit. An award also was presented to Tim Porter-O’Grady, RN, EdD, PhD, CS, CNAA, FAAN, senior partner in an international healthcare consulting firm. The Pioneering Spirit awards are sponsored by Ross Products Division of Abbott Laboraties.
Gladys M. Campbell, RN, MSN, who completed her term as AACN president June 30, 1998, was presented the Lifetime Membership award.
These awards are part of the AACN Circle of Excellence recognition program. Following is information about these special honorees:

C. Raymond Larkin, Jr
Larkin joined Nellcor, Inc, in 1983 as vice president of sales and marketing. He was the company’s ninth employee. In 1989, he was elected president and chief operating officer and, subsequently, chief executive officer. In 1995, he was named president and chief executive officer of Nellcor Puritan Bennett. He became executive vice president of Mallinckrodt when it acquired Nellcor Puritan Bennett in August 1997.
Under Larkin’s leadership, a medical devices company that would meet the needs of patients and families who have been affected by respiratory impairment was created for Nellcor Puritan Bennett. In addition, he has challenged his colleagues in the business world of medical device to develop products that solve real patient problems. The company’s commitment to quality has had a positive effect on critical care nurses and their patients.
Through his volunteer service on several boards of directors, Larkin’s personal life also reflects AACN values. Organizations that have benefited from his service include the Health Industry Manufacturers Association, Heart to Heart International Children’s Alliance, Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation, Saint Mary’s College, Neuromedical Systems, and Arthrocare Corporation.
Prior to joining Nellcor, Larkin worked for Bentley Laboratories, which is now a subsidiary of Baxter International. He has a degree in industrial management from LaSalle University, Philadelphia, Pa, and served 5 years in the US Marine Corps.
During Larkin’s tenure as president and CEO, Nellcor Puritan Bennett grew from $120 million in sales to nearly $800 million, and from a
pioneer with essentially one technology to a worldwide leader in respiratory products.

Tim Porter-O’Grady
Now senior partner in Tim Porter-O’Grady Associates, Inc, Porter-O’Grady has a healthcare career spanning 23 years. He has impacted the nursing profession in numerous clinical practice settings including critical care.
His focus the past 14 years has been on systems innovation and applying creativity to the delivery of healthcare services. His personal and professional mission fosters expertise in others to create a preferred future through strategies that promote innovation. Porter-O’Grady challenges healthcare leaders to develop new ways of approaching the business of healthcare, fostering the creation of healthy communities for both caregivers and recipients of healthcare services.
Porter-O’Grady began his work in shared governance in 1984, articulating and advocating a professional nursing model that, over the next 10 years, was adopted by numerous healthcare institutions. His shared governance strategy promotes the active development of staff nurse leaders. He pioneered a model that valued the bedside nurse as a key player in the design and implementation of patient-focused care delivery systems. His original concept has expanded in the past decade to include a variety of leadership strategies, which focus on self-leadership and the transformational leadership skills necessary to create healing, humane, and caring climates.
Included in Porter-O’Grady’s contributions to nursing are more than 130 papers and book chapters as well as 10 books, with an 11th currently being published. An internationally recognized expert in healthcare systems management, he has consulted with more than 600 institutions. In addition, he has served on several community and national boards and has been an officer in health-related agencies and organizations. He has been a health systems consultant for the National Health Policy Council. He is listed in 7 separate categories in Who’s Who in America. He is a member of the New York Academy of Sciences and a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.
A graduate of Seattle University, Seattle, Wash, Porter-O’Grady has served in many positions during his career, including as a staff nurse and as a hospital healthcare executive.

Gladys M. Campbell
Campbell’s commitment to critical care nursing and AACN is extensive. Before becoming president this year, she served on the AACN Board of Directors since 1993. She also served on the AACN Certification Corporation Board of Directors from 1994 to 1996.
Campbell formerly was chair of the Volunteer Affiliation Task Force and a member of the Mission and Scope Task Force, Finance and Audit, and the AACN Nominating committees. She participated in the Management Special Interest Group and the Public Policy Task Force. She has been AACN liaison to the Coalition on Consumer Health and Safety.
She has been a member of the Greater Washington Area Chapter-AACN since 1985. Now the director of Critical and Acute Care Patient Services at the Clinical Center, National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Md, Campbell was formerly the Clinical Center’s service chief for critical care nursing and head nurse on the cardiovascular
surgical ICU. Among the honors bestowed on Campbell are the Distinguished Nurse Award, presented by the Nursing Department at NIH; Outstanding Service Medal, Unit Commendation Medal, Exceptional Capability Promotion, and Commendation Medal presented by the US Public Health Service; and the Citation for Managerial Excellence and Nursing Research Award presented by the NIH Clinical Center.
She has conducted extensive research in nursing and been published in several professional journals.
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