MCLEAN, Va., May 29, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) employee Louisa (Lisa) Lundgren was awarded the Chief Nurse Officer Award for outstanding contributions to the nursing profession and her work with public health partners to prevent vector-borne diseases.

The Chief Nurse Officer Award was established to acknowledge professional nurses who have influenced clinical or non-clinical settings through their commitment to nursing and the ideals of the Public Health Service. The award is given by Rear Adm. Dr. Carol Romano, chief nurse officer of Public Health Service, and Dr. Julie Gerberding, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Lundgren is a public health analyst for Northrop Grumman's Information Technology (IT) sector. In this role, she supports the health communication and education, and behavioral science mission for the CDC Division of Vector-borne Infectious Diseases. Lundgren serves as a translator of the scientific work generated by the CDC researchers. This scientific information is translated and shared with the CDC's state and local public health partners to promote public behavioral changes to help prevent the contraction of diseases. Currently, Lundgren is advancing a project to investigate and help improve clinician's guidance for vector-borne disease prevention.

"Lisa's unique nursing insights into patient needs are helping the CDC more effectively communicate the impact of viruses and diseases to the public," said Michele Kang, vice president of Health Solutions for Northrop Grumman IT. "She is a recognized leader within Northrop Grumman and very deserving of this distinguished honor."

Lundgren was selected for this award based on her work studying the impact of the West Nile virus on the public, her volunteer time on a clinicians information hotline during the 2004-2005 influenza vaccine shortage, and her efforts developing educational materials about the Japanese encephalitis virus vaccine that were used by decision makers in the medical field.

In 2006, Lundgren traveled to Tanzania to provide volunteer labor at a hospital and continues to support fundraising efforts for the facility. She is active with human rights organizations in Northern Colorado and the United Nations Association of the U.S.A.

Lundgren earned a bachelor's degree in political science from The College of Wooster, Ohio; a bachelor's degree in nursing from Boston University; and a master's degree in public health nursing from the University of Illinois, Chicago. She also holds a Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate from Metropolitan State College, Denver.

Northrop Grumman is a trusted integrator of advanced health solutions, including health and benefits management systems and information security. The company's services span the public health, healthcare delivery and life sciences domains, and include cutting-edge information exchange for electronic health records, Web-enabled workflow processing and large-scale information management. Northrop Grumman has developed a range of military health solutions applicable and adaptable for today's emerging national priorities.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a $30 billion global defense and technology company whose 122,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in information and services, electronics, aerospace and shipbuilding to government and commercial customers worldwide.

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