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Deputy Surgeon General Guest Speaker at NightinGala Hosted by UTHSC College of Nursing


The College of Nursing at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center will host Rear Admiral Sylvia Trent-Adams, PhD, RN, FAAN, U.S. Deputy Surgeon General, as the featured speaker at the second-annual NightinGala on Friday, May 4. The event will be held at 7 p.m. in The Great Hall and Conference Center in Germantown, and salutes the accomplishments of nursing and the impact of the profession on the community.

Nurses and other health care professionals from across Memphis, Shelby County, and beyond are expected to attend the dinner and silent auction. In addition to  honoring nurses and nursing across area institutions, the event allows the UTHSC College of Nursing to celebrate its mission of educating the next generation of nurse leaders. The Deputy Surgeon General will meet with UTHSC nursing students at a luncheon on campus earlier in the day.

In her position as Deputy Surgeon General, Rear Admiral Trent-Adams advises and supports the Surgeon General regarding operations of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and in communicating

Deputy Surgeon General Rear Admiral Sylvia Trent-Adams

the best available scientific information to advance the health of the nation. She served as the chief nurse officer of the U.S. Public Health Service from 2013-2016. She has held various positions in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, working to improve access to health care for poor and underserved areas.

A former nurse officer in the U.S. Army, she will speak at the NightingGala about the future of nursing.

Tickets to the NightinGala are $75 a person or $110 a couple. Proceeds will support the efforts of the Center for Community Partnerships and Nursing Innovation in the UTHSC College of Nursing. The center is designed to develop sustainable partnerships with clinical, research, and service institutions in the Mid-South to advance health care, foster innovative nursing strategies, reduce health disparities, and improve patient outcomes.

The gala will include presentation of the college’s John Runyon Award, which celebrates a champion of  the efforts of nurses in the community.

The event is being held in conjunction with the 2018 UTHSC College of Nursing Alumni Weekend and National Nurses Week, May 6-12.

For tickets or to find out more, please visit alumni.uthsc.edu/nightingala2018 or call (901) 448-2596. The deadline to purchase tickets is April 26.