Clinical Center News
Summer 2018

U.S. Public Health Service nurses at the NIH Clinical Center receive high honors

Leslie Wehrlen holds a plaque
CDR Leslie Wehrlen, a Senior Nurse Consultant with the Clinical Center's Nursing Department.
Neil Barranta holds a plaque
LT Neil Barranta, the Clinical Center Nursing Department's Clinical Manager of 3 SWS-Intensive Care Unit.

Two Clinical Center U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) nurses recently received high honors from the USPHS Nurse Professional Advisory Committee.

LT Neil Barranta, the Clinical Center Nursing Department's Clinical Manager of 3 SWS-Intensive Care Unit, was given The 2018 Nurse Responder of the Year Award. The award was given to him for his leadership contributions during the unprecedented back to back deployment in Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and for his outstanding commitment in supporting the mission of the NIH in emergency preparedness and management of future Ebola treatment. In addition, he also co-authored articles that were published in Commissioned Officers Association Frontline magazine and Junior Officer Chronicle magazine regarding the recent disaster response from Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Maria. 

CDR Leslie Wehrlen, a Senior Nurse Consultant with the Clinical Center's Nursing Department, earned the RADM O. Marie Henry Publication Award for Clinical Nursing Practice as first author of the publication Systematic collection of patient reported outcome research data: A checklist for clinical research professionals, which was published in Contemporary Clinical Trials. The award recognizes publications that describe trends in clinical nursing practice and clinical nursing research.

In 2016, both Wehrlen and Barranta were also recipients of USPHS Nurse Professional Advisory Committee Minnegerode Awards for Nursing Excellence.

The U.S. Public Health Service Nurse Professional Advisory Committee awards recognize contributions by Commissioned Corps, Civil Service and Tribal Direct hire nurses of outstanding and sustained nature, which have greatly impacted the mission of the USPHS. The awards were presented at the USPHS Scientific and Training Symposium in June 2018.

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Patient Photography Studio
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Dr. James Gilman stands with Alba C. Murphy as they smile and hold a certificate
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Patient with Degos disease addresses symposium attendees
CDC and NIH representatives stand in a special isolation patient room at the NIH Clinical Center
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NIH Clinical Center volunteer Chaoyang Wang
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Doctors at NIH speak in a lecture hall during Nurses Week
NIH Clinical Center doctor receives award
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Leslie Wehrlen holds a plaque.
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Dr. Thomas Burklow
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Dr. John I. Gallin cuts the ribbon with Heidi Grolig and Jerry Sachs.
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