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BUFFALO, NEW YORK: May 13, 2008-ECMC Senior Vice President of Operations Karen M. Maricle, R.N., M.S., C.N.A.A., was recently selected as the State University of New York (S.U.N.Y.) at Buffalo School of Nursing  recipient of the 2008 Distinguished Alumni Award. 

The prestigious Distinguished Alumni Award is presented each year (for the past five years) to the most deserving individual for exceptional career accomplishments, community and university service and/or research and scholarly activity.  Maricle is recognized this year for her outstanding contributions, work and service. 

Hailing from New York City, Karen Maricle began her career as a staff nurse at ECMC.  During her career at ECMC, Karen Maricle has held progressively responsible leadership positions in the hospital and its skilled nursing facility.  She specializes in analyzing existing operations and implementing the necessary strategies to improve quality of service in a cost effective manner.  She has extensive experience leading an organization through the processes of meeting/exceeding compliance with regulator guidelines. 

As Senior Vice President of Operations (2005-2008) Maricle is responsible for all aspects of operations in:  trauma and emergency services, emergency preparedness, the burn center, surgical services, orthopaedics, neurosurgery, neurology, psychiatry, inpatient and outpatient chemical dependency, pharmacy, infection control,  laboratory medicine, social work/discharge planning, pastoral care, utilization review, case management, quality improvement and Joint Commission reviews. 

Maricle also served as Interim Chief Operating Officer (2004-2005) overseeing 40 outpatient specialty care clinics, 550 inpatient beds and an operating budget of $280 million.  In this capacity, she directed the activities of: nursing, surgical, and outpatient services, behavioral health, rehabilitation, radiology, laboratory and pharmacy services, human resources, plant operations, housekeeping, laundry, and dietary services as well as security.  During this time, she also coordinated all Joint Commission efforts. 

As Director of Nursing Services (1993-2004), Maricle was responsible for all strategic and operational aspects of nursing services for ECMC.  She directed the activities of nursing, trauma, emergency, and immunodeficiency services, case management, renal (kidney) services, respiratory therapy, social work, discharge planning, quality improvement and Joint Commission network coordination.  Maricle led the effort to establish consistent clinical standards, policies and procedures with the goal of providing low cost, high quality patient care.  She also served as the Administrator for the Certified Home Health Agency.  As Associate Director of Nursing (1990-1993) Maricle was assigned to hospital nursing services directing compliance with Department of Health audits.  She also served as ECMC Director of Nursing within the Skilled Nursing Facility (1987-1990) where she was responsible for all aspects of the operation of a 120-bed skilled nursing facility, managing as many as 400 staff members.  She served as Assistant Director of Nursing (1986 to 1987), Nursing Care Coordinator (1977-1986) and Head Nurse (1973-1977) and staff nurse. 

Karen Maricle is an Adjunct Assistant Professor for the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Nursing.  She has recently (2007) co-authored (Maricle, K., Whitehead, L. Rhodes, M.) the research/article "Examining Medication Errors in a Tertiary Hospital" published in the Journal of Nursing Care Quality.22:20-27.

Karen Maricle has received several other awards including: the Nursing Case Management Program National Association of Counties Achievement Award (1996), the S.U.N.Y. at Buffalo Ruth T. McGrorey Leadership Award (1988), and recognition by Leadership Buffalo (Class of 2001). 

Maricle's commitment to the community is evident through her memberships/participation in such organizations as: the American College of Healthcare Executives; Healthcare Executive Forum; Network of Hospital Ethics Committee Chairpersons of Western New York; Sigma Theta Tau, International (Nursing) Honor Society, Gamma Kappa Chapter; and the S.U.N.Y. at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Co- Chairperson for Community Affairs, Ethics Center.  She has also served: on the Health Science Institutional Review Board (2006); as a Health Care Association of New York State HIV Task Force Member (2000-2004); a Research for Health in Erie County Inc. former Board Member; a Member of the Upstate New York Transplant Services Board (1999-2004) and Medical Advisory Committee (2005-2007) a Board Member of Aids Family Services; a member of the D'Youville College Advisory Board, Department of Nursing and the Erie Community College Advisory Board for Perkins Grants. 

Karen Maricle earned a Master of Science in Nursing (1988) and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (1972) from the State University of New York at Buffalo.  She is also a registered nurse holding an advanced certification in nursing administration and has met all requirements to be designated as a fellow of the American Academy of Health Care Executives.  Karen Maricle lives with her husband, Donald, in West Seneca. 

The ECMC Corporation includes an advanced academic medical center (ECMC) with 550 inpatient beds and 136 skilled-nursing-home beds, on- and off-campus health centers, over 40 outpatient specialty care clinics and the Erie County Home, a skilled nursing facility.  ECMC is the regional center for trauma, burn care, rehabilitation and is a major teaching facility for the State University of New York at Buffalo.  Most ECMC physicians, dentists and pharmacists are dedicated faculty members of the University.  More Western New York residents are choosing ECMC for exceptional patient care and customer service provided as a result of its Culture of Care.

NEWS CONTACT: Joe Cirillo at 716-898-4300 or jcirillo@ecmc.edu 

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