April 2, 2018Wyndy Looney, director of Nursing for University Medical Center, will be honored April 6 by the University of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing for being a valued clinical partner. Looney will be presented with the Janet S. Awtrey Award, which recognizes nurse leaders in practice for their unique contributions to the Capstone College of Nursing and the nursing profession. Looney joined University Medical Center in 2017, where her primary responsibilities include serving as chief nursing officer and implementing quality improvement activities. UMC is operated by the College of Community Health Sciences. Before joining the College, Looney was manager of Nursing Operations and Analytics at DCH Health System in Tuscaloosa, responsible for day-to-day operations of the Patient Care Services Division. Suzanne Prevost, dean of Capstone College of Nursing, said Looney has been a collaborative partner and has provided the college valuable support since she has been at CCHS and while she was at DCH. Dr. Janet Awtrey is a former dean of the Capstone College of Nursing and was active in leadership roles with the Alabama Board of Nursing and the Alabama Nurses Association. Under her direction, the college experienced significant growth on the UA campus, and its outreach graduate program with the UAB School of Nursing flourished, making graduate education accessible to many nurses in the West Alabama region. Awtrey’s service to nursing spanned four decades and included patient care at University Hospital in Birmingham, teaching at UAB, and nursing education and administration at the Capstone College of Nursing.