Tripler Army Medical Center

       Public Affairs Office Media Release


For Immediate Release                               Contact: Tripler Public Affairs Office, 808-433-5785

Release Number 05-011                                                                                           Feb. 4, 2005



Tripler Army Medical Center Public Affairs Office


10 nurses graduate from Tripler’s

obstetrical-gynecologic nursing course




                      by Leslie Ozawa

Ready for life’s precious moments

Ten nurses graduated from Tripler Army Medical Center’s Obstetrical-Gynecologic (OB/GYN) Nursing Course Jan. 21 in a ceremony at the Tripler chapel. The  16-week course, including eight weeks each of academic and clinical training, prepared them for assignments in labor and delivery, postpartum, and clinical work in obstetrics and gynecology.  Back row, from left are: 1st Lt. Marcia Rhoden-McCatty, 1st Lt. Jamie Wood, 1st Lt. Nicole McKenna, 1st Lt. Laurie Kwolek, and Capt. Melody Kongndoumbe.




             by Leslie Ozawa

Outstanding Nurse

1st Lt. Laurie A. Kwolek is awarded an Army Commendation Medal  Jan. 21 by Col. Vicki Odegaard, Tripler Army Medical Center’s assistant chief nurse, while Lt. Col. Ann Hochhausen, obstetrical/gynecologic nursing course director, looks on. Kwolek was named the honor graduate of her graduating class of the nursing course. She was also cited for helping to organize her fellow students to “adopt” four families through the Salvation Army’s Christmas Adopt a Family program, and to participate in Hawaii’s “Race for the Cure” 5K Run fundraiser for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation last October.