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NO. R-279.  House concurrent resolution honoring Nancy Freeze for her career of outstanding leadership in the nursing profession.


Offered by:  Representatives Donahue of Northfield and Grad of Moretown

Offered by:  Senators Cummings, Doyle and Scott

Whereas, as a health care professional, Nancy Freeze has worked as a nurse, a teacher, and an administrator in a variety of institutional settings, and

Whereas, after earning a degree in nursing with a specialization as a nurse teacher from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, she was employed in New York state in several professional capacities, and

Whereas, in the 1970s, Nancy Freeze relocated to Vermont and served in two state government nurse advisor positions:  first for the medical review team at the department of social welfare, where her proposals to institute physical therapy at nursing homes increased the percentage of residents who were ambulatory; and second at the department of mental health where her evaluation of patients at the Brandon Training School, who were receiving anti-seizure medications, resulted in dose reductions and an improved quality of life for many residents, and

Whereas, at the Berlin Health and Rehabilitation Center, Nancy Freeze started as a night-shift nurse, rose to the rank of director of nursing services, and in 1990 was appointed the center’s administrator, and

Whereas, for the past 13 years, Nancy Freeze has served as the administrator at Mayo Healthcare in Northfield and has directed this facility with the greatest of leadership skill, and

Whereas, Mayo Healthcare has been designated a Gold Star Employer since this designation was inaugurated in 2005, and, equally impressively, it has been the recipient of the State of Vermont Nursing Home Quality Award in 2000, 2001, 2006, and 2007, and

Whereas, Nancy Freeze has served as chair of two focus groups under the auspices of the Vermont Health Care Association, one on resident assessments that developed the current system of state reimbursement for patients at residential care facilities and a second that examined staffing levels at these facilities, and

Whereas, in recognition of Nancy Freeze’s innovative role as a health care facility administrator, the Vermont Health Care Association, on whose board of directors and executive board she has served, named Nancy Freeze as the  2007 recipient of its Administrator of the Year Award, and

Whereas, Nancy Freeze is now retiring from the nursing profession, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors Nancy Freeze for her career of outstanding leadership in the nursing profession and the field of long-term care, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Nancy Freeze.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont