Ten UNM Health System faculty members and clinicians were recently awarded the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) Presidential Citation for their extraordinary contributions of time, energy and resources during 2013.

The SCCM is a diverse organization that traces its roots back to the 1850s when Florence Nightingale wrote about the advantages of establishing special wards for patients recovering from surgery. Critical Care Medicine evolved from that historical recognition that patients with acute, life-threatening illness or injury can be better treated when grouped into specific areas of the hospital. Today, hospital ICUs treat patients suffering from medical conditions ranging from heart attacks, strokes, and life-threatening infections to burns and gunshot wounds.

The Chicago-based society is the leading organization dedicated to ensuring excellence and consistency in the practice of critical care.  SCCM’s members are highly trained healthcare professionals from diverse backgrounds who provide care in specialized units and work toward the best outcome possible for seriously ill patients.

Recognized by the group recently were Dr. Todd Dettmer, assistant professor, Department of Anesthesiology; Gloria Doherty, acute care nurse practitioner;  Lauren Dyer, trauma/surgical ICU educator; Dr. Lenka Hrebickova, UNM Hospitals inpatient pharmacist; Dr. Joseph Kambe, professor, Department of Surgery;  Dr. Jon Marinaro, associate professor, Department of Anesthesiology; Dr. Isaac Tawil, assistant professor, Department of Anesthesiology; Sophia Rodgers, nurse practitioner; Paula West, clinical dietician, Dr. Eleana Zamora, assistant professor, Department of Internal Medicine.

Marinaro was inducted into the American College of Critical Care Medicine during the 2014 Annual Congress in San Francisco as a Fellow of Critical Care Medicine (FCCM).  Worldwide, this elite group has fewer than 1,000 members.