AUSTIN, Texas – (June 30, 2014) – Ascension Seton Cardiovascular Disease/Stroke Community Outreach Coordinator Marcie Wilson was among those honored at the American Heart Association national awards luncheon, held in Dallas.
Wilson RN, BSN, WOCN/Neurosciences, was presented with the Louis B. Russell Jr. Memorial Award, which recognizes an individual who has rendered outstanding service to minority and underserved populations.
Wilson, who is part of the Ascension Seton Brain and Spine Institute and offices at University Medical Center Brackenridge but whose work takes her throughout Central Texas, was honored at the June 25 event for her service as chairperson of the association’s SouthWest Affiliate Health Equity Committee and her highly effective efforts to expand the association’s outreach in minority communities.
Other award-winners included doctors, a nurse and a volunteer from California, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa and also South Lake, Texas.
This is her second significant honor this year. In May 2014, Wilson was among the “Fabulous 5” chosen by the Texas Nurses Association-District 5. She and four other nurses, including Nancy Miller, MAHS, BSN, RN, Adult Psych and Psych ICU staff nurse, preceptor and new nurse educator at Ascension Seton Shoal Creek Hospital, were selected out of the more than 17,000 RNs in the eight Central Texas counties comprising District 5. They were honored May 10 during Nurses Week at the annual TNA-D5 banquet.
The Fab 5 are chosen based on their qualities to lead, serve as role models and compassionate caregivers as well as for their significant contributions to the profession and service to the community.
Marcie Wilson’s fate to become a nurse was sealed when she was three years old. On Christmas Day, she opened a present from her father – a nurse’s bag. Growing up in a Hispanic family, her father always called her his “enfermerita” (Spanish for “little nurse”). To seal the deal, she greatly admired a cousin and an aunt who were both nurses.
In 1981, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of St. Thomas in Houston. She worked in a cardiac step-down unit at Ascension Seton Medical Center Austin from 1982 to 1986, then moved to New York, where she worked as director of a Veterans Administration psychiatric unit. She later worked as director of a spinal cord injury plastic surgery unit. It was on that unit that she co-authored four articles published in scholarly journals about wound healing and paralyzed patients.
Marcie returned to Austin in 1997, and former Ascension Seton Brain and Spine Institute director Lauren Brandt hired her in 2003 to coordinate cardiovascular and stroke community outreach. Since then, Marcie has been a powerhouse of energy and effectiveness to spread the word to prevent heart attack and stroke.
Marcie’s lectures and presentations are too numerous to count, but she has presented all over Texas in English and Spanish on obesity, smoking, health promotion, healing, how environment affects health, so many public health topics. In May, she presented on stroke awareness at the Florida Stroke Symposium.
Marcie gives freely of herself to benefit others. She is a former president of the Austin and Central Texas Hispanic Nurses Association and is a member of the Health and Wellness Committee of the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. The American Heart Association SouthWest Affiliate Health Equity Committee , which she chairs, oversees the group’s activities in Arkansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Wyoming.
She also serves on a committee of the American Stroke Association. She has been a member of the Texas Department of State Health Services Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke Partnership since 2006 and chaired the group in 2011.
One of Marcie’s latest projects is chairing the task force of the American Heart Association’s “Check. Change. Control” Blood Pressure Program. UMC Brackenridge associates in the environmental services and dietary departments are currently enrolled in this program.
Previously, Marcie’s cardiovascular disease and stroke community outreach has won the Amerigroup Foundation Healthy Hero Award in 2008 and the TDSHS Texas Cardiovascular Health Promotion Award in 2006, 2008 and 2010.
Marcie also has been awarded the American Heart Association Distinguished Service Award in 2008.