School of Nursing Alumna Honored

School of Nursing graduate and Baptist Hospital East President Susan Stout Tamme ('79) will receive this year's Excellence in Nursing Award presented by Jewish Hospital.

Sue Stout TammeBaptist Hospital East President Susan (Sue) Stout Tamme had an interest in healthcare even as a youth, when she volunteered as a candy striper. She now serves as a role model for today's "junior volunteers."

After earning an Associate Degree in Nursing from Eastern Kentucky University in 1972, Sue took her first job as a nurse at St. Luke Hospital in Northern Kentucky, before moving to the old Kentucky Baptist Hospital.

Sue then decided to pursue a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing at UofL's School of Nursing. She completed the degree in 1979. The healthcare leader went on to earn a Master's of Science in Health Systems Administration in 1982 from UofL, while climbing the ladder at Baptist.

Sue said she appreciates her experience at UofL and what it meant for her career. "It was a wonderful, strong program that was a blessing to have arranged where I could work full-time in a management position and still work on my degree, surrounded by instructors that were of the highest caliber. It really prepared me for dealing with the many aspects of a nursing management position."

Sue worked as a staff nurse, nurse manager and vice president of nursing before becoming president of Baptist Hospital East.

Congratulations, Sue, on your achievements and most recent honor!