Frith Named To Receive A Meritorious Service Award

April 6, 2018
By: Karen E. Butler, Director of Communications

"I love the high quality care that is provided to the patients at Duke and the professional development Duke offers to their employees," said Jennifer Frith, speaking to what inspires and motivates her professionally.Jennifer Frith, MSN, RN, OCN, NE-BC, who directs clinical operations for Inpatient Oncology and Adult Blood and Marrow and Cell Therapy (ABMT), was recently named to receive a 2018 Presidential Award, the highest honor given by Duke University to its faculty and staff.

In a nomination sent to the Office of the President, Frith was lauded as a key leader in several initiatives, including her leadership to certification by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT).

“Jennifer has become the expert in this highly required process,” wrote nominator Martha Lassiter, RN, MSN, AOCNS, BMTCN, ABMT and Hematologic Malignancies CNS. She has quietly and seamlessly led us through two certifications during her tenure as nurse manager.”

Frith, 43, was also applauded for her role in building meaningful productive relationships with faculty and staff in the Hematologic Malignancies and Cellular Therapy Program.

“We have been a lone program for 30 years,” Lassiter continued. “As we merged with the Hematologic Malignancies physician team, Jennifer embraced opportunities to bring the programs together, welcoming new physicians and advanced practice providers and utilizing our resources to serve the malignant hematology patients, as well as the ABMT patients.”

Under Frith’s leadership the ABMT clinic has for many years consistently maintained a Tier 1 employee satisfaction.

“During the many changes of adding hematology patients and instituting a home-based transplant protocol, Jennifer has provided sound, valuable, thoughtful leadership to all staff,” shared Lassiter. “This alone is evidence of consistent performance that exceeds expectations.”

Frith, who has served with Duke for 10 years, will be recognized at this year’s Presidential Awards luncheon on Thursday, April 26, at the Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club. The awards program recognizes full-time employees who have excelled in their positions, having made exceptional contributions to the university and health system during the previous calendar year.

 The program annually presents Presidential Awards and Meritorious Service Awards in five categories. Presidential Award winners received a Presidential Medallion and $1,000. Meritorious Service Award recipients received a plaque and $100. For more information on the annual Presidential Awards program, visit Duke Human Resources.