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As a board-certified nurse in infection control, Jean Murray always knew that her annual trainings in pandemic planning were preparing her for something that was not just a possibility, but a certainty.

When news of the novel coronavirus circulated in December 2019, Murray, who serves as the system director of infection prevention and epidemiology for Luminis Health, began reviewing policies and procedures to make sure the hospital system was ready to meet the impending need.

Murray shared those policies and procedures with other health care institutions, ensuring that as many patients as possible would receive safe and effective care, and she advocated for family contact with loved ones in the hospital through electronic devices and family presence for end-of-life patients.

When vaccines became available, Murray led the planning efforts organizing employee vaccination clinics, which eventually developed into community clinics for vaccination and testing.

Murray has also made great efforts to educate people across Maryland about COVID-19, speaking with mental health workers, long-term care facilities and church leaders, among others, to bring awareness and dispel misinformation.

With 26 years of experience in infection control and 29 years as a registered nurse, Murray is planning to remain focused during the next stage of the pandemic to continue to support the communities she serves.

Murray is an active member of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology and is a board member and web administrator for APIC’s Greater Baltimore chapter. Murray is a retired U.S. Navy Commander with 20 years of service.

This is a winner profile from The Daily Record's Health Care Heroes awards. Information for this profile was sourced from the honoree's application for the award.