Spring 2008
Healthy Times

CHP recognizes Alumni of the Year

University of Detroit Mercy's College of Health Professions honored five distinguished alumni at its annual Honors Convocation, April 6: Marilyn Bachelor '84, Jeff Bounsall '06, Bernadette Mary Frank, RSM, '56, '58, Scott Thompson '03, and Linda Torr '86.

Torr, Frank, and Bachelor
UDM recognizes some of its outstanding alumni at the annual Health Professions Convocation, April 6. Pictured (from left) are Linda Torr, Bernadette Mary Frank, RSM, and Marilyn Bachelor.

These individuals were recognized for their professional and community contributions in demonstrating leadership and excellence in their profession, serving their community and becoming a role model for others. The recipients of the 2008 College of Health Professions Alumni of the Year Awards are:

Sr. Bernadette Mary Frank, RSM, '56, '58, Nursing Award
During her 42 years as a nurse and administrator, Sr. Bernadette Mary Frank made significant contributions to the well being of patients. Her roles as a nurse, administrator, educator and quality management/assurance specialist ensured high quality care for patients in Michigan and Iowa.

Since retiring in 2000, Sr. Frank has remained current in the areas of quality assurance and standards, administration and trustee development through seminars, educational sessions and readings. She is currently a Board Trustee for Trinity Health's Battle Creek Health System, serving on the Board Quality and Strategy Planning committees and chairing the Governance Committee.

In addition, Sr. Frank is an active member of CHP's Alumni Council. She also volunteers at local organizations that address the needs of the underserved, including Mercy Education Project in Detroit and Mercy Place Clinic in Pontiac. She is highly regarded as a nursing role model and "valued by those she serves and serves with."

Marilyn Bachelor '84, Health Services Administration/Management Award
For more than 40 years, Marilyn Bachelor has helped to improve patient health care, initially as a nurse and then as an administrator focused on quality health care management.

Bachelor is currently a health care professional consultant who assists physicians in chronic disease management to ensure patients receive optimum care through education. She has been a longtime participant in the Boston University Black Women's Health Study, a national research study that contributes to the knowledge of health care.

Professionally, Bachelor has demonstrated innovative leadership with the development of the Renal Case Management Program at the Detroit Medical Center for outpatients. She frequently speaks on "Quality Management" and "Cost and Use Management" topics at education seminars. Bachelor serves as a mentor to upcoming health care professionals.

Bachelor is a past UDM Alumni Association president, and until recently, an active member of the CHP Alumni Council. She is regarded as a role model in demonstrating dignity and respect for others and in her commitment to quality patient care.

Scott Thompson '03, Physician Assistant Award
Scott Thompson is recognized with the PA Alumni Award for his contributions to his profession as a physician assistant. Following a brief career as a social worker, Thompson earned his Physician Assistant degree from UDM in 2003.

Bounsall, Thompson and Dillon
From left, Jeff Bounsall and Scott Thompson with Alumni Association President Nancy Dillon.

As a PA, Thompson demonstrates his professional versatility in providing internal medicine and psychiatric care in a variety of settings, including a private practice and a social service agency. In addition, Thompson has been an adjunct professor of Clinical Medicine at the UDM College of Health Professions since 2004.

Although his professional commitments leave him little free time, Thompson volunteers as a "medic" at local children's sporting events and teaches nursing home staff about mental illness and the elderly.

Jeff Bounsall '06, Nurse Anesthetist Award
Jeff Bounsall, CRNA, MS, works in the Department of Anesthesia at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit where he instructs and inspires current UDM nurse anesthetist students in the operating room as they take care of patients. His maturity and skills as a certified nurse anesthetist provide a guiding force for students and colleagues.

Deeply committed to his profession, Bounsall instills that same level of professionalism in students. He has and continues to be very involved and supportive of the UDM Nurse Anesthetist program.

Linda Torr '86, Allied Health Award
Linda Torr began her professional career as a Respiratory Therapist and earned her Bachelor of Science in Allied Health at Mercy College of Detroit in 1986. During her career, Torr has served in many capacities: instructor at the St. John School of Respiratory Care, supervisor, manager, and vice president of St. John Medical Equipment Services. Her education and experience led her into the areas of corporate compliance, quality, and regulatory responsibility.

Currently, Torr is director of Infusion Services, Corporate Risk officer and Privacy officer for St. John Home Care. She has written and presented health care topics and issues on numerous occasions during her career at the local, state and national levels. Torr continues to contribute professionally and personally by serving on boards of health-related organizations and on the local chapter of ARC.

Save the dates for Founders Celebrations,
Sept. 2008!

  • Sept. 18 Celebrate Spirit!
  • Sept. 23 Red Mass
  • Sept. 24 UDM Night at Comerica Park
  • Sept. 26 Ignatian Circle Dinner (by invitation)

Watch for further details.