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Rising Tide Award Nomination Form

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Rising Tide Award Nomination

Rising Tide Awards will be presented to individuals or organizations that advance patient safety within Maine through their leadership, dedication and innovation.

Please fill in the form below and provide a brief narrative (no more than one page) to describe your nominee.  Detail the reasons that this nominee demonstrates outstanding achievement and commitment to best practices in patient safety. 

The Rising Tide Awards will be presented at the Patient Safety Academy at the University of Southern Maine, Portland.

You may also download the form to fill it out and email it back to Judy Tupper, at

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Hartley Retires as Director of the Maine Rural Health Research Center

David Hartley, PhD

David Hartley, PhD, the Director of the Maine Rural Health Research Center (MRHRC) and a Research Professor of Public Health has announced that he will be retiring from the University of Southern Maine August 31st, 2014. David came to the University in 1994 and has directed the MRHRC since 2004. Andy Coburn, PhD, Research Professor of Public Health, will take over as the new MRHRC Director. Erika Ziller, PhD continues in her role as Deputy Director. David has had a distinguished career in rural health and rural health research, and has made lasting contributions to the field with his work on rural behavioral health, rural disparities and health, and rural active living.

A celebration will be scheduled in early fall to honor David and his many contributions to the field and the University.


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