Long Island Business News magazine honors Dr. Lawrence Hurst, Diane Carlson
STONY BROOK, N.Y., December 2, 2011 – Two of Stony Brook University
Medical Center’s finest were honored as recipients of
Left, Diane Carlson, MS, RN, CPNP,
CNAA-BC, Director of Nursing Support Services at Stony Brook University
Hospital (SBUH), and Lawrence C.
Hurst, M.D., Professor and Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedics at Stony
Brook University School of Medicine, were honored as Nurse Hero and Physician
Hero, respectively, at the sixth annual Health Care Heroes awards by Long
Island Business News on Nov. 10
the annual Health Care
Heroes awards by Long Island Business News on Nov. 10.
Lawrence C. Hurst, M.D., Professor and Chairman of the Department of
Orthopaedics at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, and Diane Carlson,
MS, RN, CPNP, CNAA-BC, Director of Nursing Support Services at Stony Brook
University Hospital (SBUH), were among 42 individuals and institutions honored
at the magazine’s sixth annual awards ceremony, held at Crest Hollow Country
Club in Woodbury.
Dr. Hurst was one of eight recipients of the Physician Hero award, and Carlson
was one of seven nurses honored with the Nurse Hero award at the annual event.
An internationally recognized orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Hurst, working with
colleague Marie A. Badalamente, Ph.D., Professor of Orthopaedics in the School
of Medicine, discovered and developed a new injectable form of the enzyme
collagenese, which is used to treat Dupuytren’s contracture, a debilitating
disease caused by progressive accumulation of collagen that deforms hands and
fingers. Drs. Hurst and Badalamente discovered this treatment during a 15-year
research initiative and received FDA approval for the new drug treatment last
year. Dr. Hurst has served as Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedics at
Stony Brook since 1996.
Carlson has worked at SBUH since 1986 and was board-certified as a nursing
administrator in 2006. She has worked as a staff nurse, nurse manager and nurse
administrator during her career, and has served as Director of Nursing Support
Services since 2008. Her previous roles include Nurse Manager of the Burn
Center, Nurse Recruiter, Adjunct Clinical Professor in the Stony Brook
University School of Nursing, and staff nurse in the Anesthesia ICU and Outpatient
Holding Area. She helped to establish a Burn Prevention Program in Suffolk
County and coordinated a key research study on the effective use of Gabapentin
to treat severe itching experienced by burn patients.
The publication’s annual awards recognize excellence, innovation, and
contributions to the value and quality of health care for residents of Long
Island. Nominations require a biography for each candidate, along with evidence
of their achievements, recognition and community involvement.
A steering committee composed of Long Island healthcare leaders selects each
year’s winners in the following categories: Community Outreach,
Complementary/Alternative Medicine, Health Care Facility, Health Care
Professional Hero, Hospital, Nurse Educator, Nurse Hero, Physician Hero,
Veterinary Hero and Volunteer Hero.
The winners were featured in a special Health Care Heroes section of Long
Island Business News published on Nov. 11 and available online at http://libn.com.
Stony Brook University Medical Center:
Stony Brook University Medical Center is Long Island’s premier academic medical
center. With 597 beds, it serves as the region’s only tertiary care center and
Level 1 Trauma Center, and is home to the Stony Brook University Heart Center,
Cancer Center, the Stony Brook Long Island Children’s Hospital, the Institute
for Advanced Neurosciences, and the Gastroenterology Program. Stony Brook
provides Suffolk County’s only Level 4 Regional Perinatal Center, state-designated
AIDS Center, state-designated Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program,
state-designated Burn Center, the Christopher Pendergast ALS Center of
Excellence, and Kidney Transplant Center. It is home of the nation’s first
Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis Center. To learn more, visit www.stonybrookmedicalcenter.org.