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Poole named College of Nursing’s 2007 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient

October 31, 2007

Diane Poole, executive vice president of Pitt County Memorial Hospital, has received the 2007 East Carolina University College of Nursing Distinguished Alumni Award.

The award is designed to recognize an ECU alumnus who has made exemplary contributions to the nursing profession. Poole was honored on Oct. 26 during the university's Homecoming weekend. "Diane has honored the College of Nursing through her many accomplishments. Now, we return that honor by naming her the 2007 College of Nursing Distinguished Alumni," said Dr. Sylvia Brown, acting dean of the College of Nursing.

Poole of Kinston received her diploma in nursing from Lenoir Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Kinston in 1971. She received her bachelor's of science in nursing in 1981 and master's of science in nursing in 1988 from ECU. She began her nursing career at North Carolina Memorial Hospital in Chapel Hill and worked at Lenoir Memorial Hospital before joining PCMH in 1982.

She has held many leadership positions at PCMH in nursing administration, community services, planning and special projects. She also has served in leadership positions with University Health Systems of Eastern Carolina, the parent company of PCMH.

"Throughout your notable career, you have forged and supported a number of community partnerships addressing such issues as school health, access to care in the underserved areas, public health services, the nursing shortage and quality of patient care," Brown said in her award letter. "Your advocacy for excellence in the delivery of health care has had great impact on the welfare of the citizens of North Carolina."

Poole is a certified health executive with the American College of Healthcare Executives. She is past chair of the Lenoir County Board of Health, past president of District 32, North Carolina Nurses Association, and served on the North Carolina Institute of Medicine's Task Force on the North Carolina Nursing Workforce. She recently was named to the Rowland-Hite Board.