2011 - Jim Lacey

Congratulations to Jim Lacy, RN, BSN, CRNI, VA-BC™

winner of the 2011 Suzanne LaVere Herbst Award for Excellence in Vascular Access

The Association for Vascular Access (AVA) is pleased to announce that James “Jim” Lacy, RN, BSN, CRNI, VA-BC,of Draper, Utah, is named the sixth recipient of the 2011 Suzanne LaVere Herbst Award for Excellence in Vascular Access.

The Suzanne LaVere Herbst Award for Excellence in Vascular Access is the highest recognition AVA offers its members.  The award is given in recognition of the recipient’s contributions to promote optimal outcomes for people requiring vascular access, and/or substantial contributions to the art and/or science of vascular access. 

Suzanne Herbst, RN, MA, for whom the award is named, is a pioneer vascular access device researcher, renowned lecturer and expert in vascular access, and is  the founder and first president of AVA.

Mr. Lacy was cited in the Award nomination process for his generosity in mentoring individuals in both the specialty and in AVA.  He was a member of the Bay Area Vascular Access Network (BAVAN), the forerunner of AVA, and was a Board Member of the Orange County Vascular Access Network (OCVAN), the second network of the organization.  Within AVA, he has served in many roles including the AVA Board of Directors as Director-at-large, Chair of the Journal of Vascular Access Devices Committee, and Chair of the 25thScientific Meeting Committee (D-Team). Additionally, Mr. Lacy is a founding member of the Vascular Access Certification Corporation (VACC) Board of Directors serving from 2008 to 2010.

Mr. Lacy is currently a consultant and often serves as a gifted educator for AVA and throughout the specialty.    He brings a wealth of experience to the field of vascular access, serving in a variety of roles for more than twenty years, including Navilyst Medical, BD Medical Systems, LifeCare Solutions, Home Care Nursing, Inc., and the AIDS Service Foundation of Orange County.

He received a bachelor of science in nursing degree from the University of Phoenix and a certificate in critical care nursing from the University of California at Irvine.  Mr. Lacy is a certified registered nurse infusionist, and is certified in vascular access from VACC carrying the VA-BC credential.

Mr. Lacy is internationally influential, lecturing and developing vascular access programs in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Egypt, China, the Philippines, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Columbia, Venezuela and Mexico. 

The Association for Vascular Access (AVA) is an association of healthcare professionals founded in 1985 to promote the emerging vascular access specialty.  Today, its multi-disciplinary membership advances research, provides professional and public education to share practice and enhance patient outcomes, and partners with the devise manufacturing community to bring about evidence-based innovations in vascular access.