UM Health Center Nurses Receive International Recognition

November 25, 2019

UM nurses Dionne Peterson (left) and Deb Lassila are the only two in Montana to be awarded a prestigious International Society of Travel Medicine certification. MISSOULA – Two University of Montana nurses are the only ones in the state to be awarded a prestigious Certificate in Travel Health from the International Society of Travel Medicine.

Registered nurses Dionne Peterson and Deb Lassila, who has a Bachelor of Science in nursing, work at UM’s Curry Health Center. The certificate recognizes individual excellence in the knowledge of travel medicine with tests administered annually at locations around the world.

“It brings excellence to our clinic because we have access to providers worldwide as a medical resource,” Peterson said. “It truly is an international society.”

The broad level of knowledge needed to pass the certificate exam includes knowing World Health Organization standards for international care. Certified travel health professionals also are required to accrue continuing education credits and renew their certification every 10 years.

“It demonstrates both of our commitment to travel medicine,” Lassila said.

Both women have worked as nurses for over 14 years and were in the first graduating class of the Montana State University nursing program at UM in Missoula. Peterson has spent the past 13 at Curry Health Center, while Lassila has practiced at UM for three years.

Both UM nurses enjoy specializing in travel medicine within the International Travel Clinic at Curry Health Center. The clinic offers pre- and post-travel consultations to UM students and employees planning to travel abroad.  Appointments are available by calling 406-243-4330.

“It’s our commitment to our students, faculty and staff here at the University,” said Peterson of the importance of the certification. “It’s a stamp of excellence.”

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Contact: Jessica Vizzutti, media specialist, UM Curry Health Center, 406-243-6958, jessica.vizzutti@umontana.edu.