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05 January 2005
Emory Announces New Betty Tigner Turner Professorship in Nursing
Dean Marla Salmon has announced the appointment of Sarah Freeman, PhD, ARNP, FAANP to the Betty Tigner Turner Professorship in Nursing at Emory University's Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing.

The Betty Tigner Turner Professorship in Nursing was established this year to honor excellence in teaching and care in the areas of family, community and public health. Turner, a 1953 graduate of the School and former president of the Emory Nurses Alumni Association, practiced as a public health nurse with the DeKalb County Health Department and Martha Jefferson Hospital (Virginia). Her husband, Dr. John Turner, a retired otolaryngologist and graduate of Emory School of Medicine, and her three daughters, one of whom, Beth Turner Gibson, also graduated from Emory School of Nursing, established the endowment in her memory.

"Betty nurtured the career of countless nurses and served many patients and families through her high quality standards of care. We are deeply honored to have the Turner family's support for this important professorship in her memory," says Emory nursing dean, Marla E. Salmon, ScD, RN, FAAN.

Commenting on receiving the Turner Professorship, Dr. Freeman says, "The health of our nation depends greatly on the health of the community and family. It is an honor to be named to this position that recognizes the importance of these concepts. I hope that I may provide the inspired leadership in these areas as Ms. Turner did during her nursing career."

Dr. Sarah Freeman is director of the Schoo's Women's Health Nurse Practitioner and the Women's Health/Adult Nurse Practitioner programs and a clinical professor in the department of Family and Community Nursing, teaching in the areas of women's health, bioethics and primary care.

"Sarah has distinguished herself nationally in the area of women's health and has advanced services to women in the community. She is also highly regarded for the quality and rigor of her teaching and has been instrumental in establishing national accreditation for women's health advanced practice nursing programs," says Dean Salmon.

Dr. Freeman, a nurse practitioner for more than 20 years, is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and maintains a clinical practice in both women's health and chronic disease management. The recipient of many training grants related to the education of women's health nurses, she is currently the principal investigator on the Women's Health/Adult Health Nurse Practitioner grant. Emory University also honored Dr. Freeman this past fall as a "Great Teacher" when she co-presented "Who Stole My Hormones?," a lecture on the clinical and research implications of hormone therapy and menopause.

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