Recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award
CMSA's ninth Lifetime Achievement Award was bestowed upon Patricia Susan Agius, RN, BS, CCM, CPHQ in 2019.
Patricia began her nursing 45 years ago after graduating from the Catholic Medical Center of Brooklyn & Queens School of Nursing. Patricia began her journey at Winthrop Hospital in Mineola, NY, where she soon became a head nurse Patient Educator. Over the next decade, Patricia shared her nursing and leadership skills with other organizations. These opportunities exposed her to many aspects of patient education, quality assurance, program audits, and utilization review. She also participated in committees for Peer Review, Quality Initiative, and Patient Education. These steppingstones led her to the world of case management in 1992.
Patricia broadened her education by earning a Bachelor of Science in Community Health in 1984, and in 1994 she began working to earn several certifications including the American Association Continuity of Care Certification, the Certified Case Manager, the Certified Professional Healthcare Quality credential, a certification in Nursing Case Management, and the Integrated Chronic Disease Management certification. Many of these certifications she actively maintains.
With her nursing and case management career expanding across many work settings, this allowed her to grow both personally and professionally. The knowledge acquired and the skills developed had an impact on her success in case management and helped create a stronger, richer professional network.
Patricia actively pursued volunteer work in the 1990’s by joining the New Jersey Association for Continuity of Care and soon became their president. It was through them that she learned about CMSA. She joined CMSA in 1997, and has been actively involved in the organization ever since. Patricia’s has been serving her local chapters in New Jersey and Philadelphia as vice president, president, executive director, and as a committee member. She is currently serving as Vice-President in the Mid-Atlantic chapter and was instrumental in creating a chapter extension in Delaware. She has also served terms on the CMSA National Board as a Chapter Presidents’ Council Rep, as Treasurer, and more recently served on membership and education committees.
She has played a big role in creating the national public policy committee and spent a great deal of time educating legislators and regulators both on Capitol Hill and in her chapter states. Her involvement has included sitting on the board, recruiting members, and seeking sponsorship support.
Patricia was instrumental in submitting chapter entries to National to boast about the work her chapter had accomplished and even helped the New Jersey chapter earn recognition for their Conference and Membership programs. The New Jersey chapter has honored Patricia with an Excellence Award and a Leadership Award, as well as other forms of appreciation. And, in 2018, the Mid- Atlantic chapter took time to submit a nomination for Patricia for the Case Manager of the Year as well as the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award.
In another form of volunteerism, Patricia has co-authored several articles and regularly accepts speaking engagements to share her love and knowledge of case management. She co-authored a book entitled “End of Life Care.”
2016 - Dr. Hussein Tahan, PhD, RN, FAAN
2015-- Anne Llewellyn, RN-BC, MS, BHSA, CCM, CRRN, Nurse Advocate, Editor-in-Chief, Professional Patient Advocate Dorland Health
2014-- Margaret Leonard, MS, RN-BC, FNP, of New Rochelle, NY
2010-- Catherine Mullahy, RN, BSS, CRRN, CCM, of Huntington, NY
2008 – Nancy Skinner, RN-BC, CCM of Whitwell, TN
2006 – Jeanne Boling, MSN, CRRN, CDMS, CCM, of Little Rock, AR
2005 – Mary Gambosh, RN, CCM, of Charlotte, NC
2003 – Tom Strickland of Little Rock, AR