Ada Mayo Stewart Excellence in Occupational Health Case Management Award

This prestigious award is presented annually by the American Board for Occupational Health Nurses (ABOHN) to the individual who achieved the highest score on the previous year’s Case Management (CM) certification examination. 

This award was established in January 2000 to honor Ada Mayo Stewart.   In 1895, Ms. Stewart was one of the first industrial health nurses in the United States.  Her practice at the Vermont Marble Company involved many facets of occupational health case management.  She worked in the clinic, provided health education for employees and their families and made home visits.  She was the first case manager in occupational health nursing as we know it today.

The 2021 recipient of the Ada Mayo Stewart Excellence Award in Case Management is:


                   Laura Ferrara RN, MSN, COHN-S/CM



Laura Ferrara began her career in 2009, as an associate degree nurse from Waubonsee Community College. She worked as a clinical /bedside RN for several years, while continuing her education. In 2014, she earned a master's degree in Nursing Leadership from Western Governor's University. 


In 2017, she was offered a position with an international automotive manufacturing company, launching a new plant in the area. Over the first year, she met the challenge to develop a treatment clinic and robust Occupational Health program. The services provided for 3 shifts and over 900 new employees. In 2020, she had the amazing opportunity to participate in Johns Hopkins Occupational Health Nursing study program. She became an ABOHN Certified Occupational Health Nurse - Specialist (COHN-S) later that year, and earned the Case Manager (CM) Certification in 2021. 


Laura enjoys doing just about anything outdoors, including gardening, hiking, kayaking, and ATV trail riding. She also loves to spend time with her husband, their children and new grandbaby. Currently, Laura is an Occupational Health, Clinical Manager for a health system in Wisconsin.


Congratulations Laura!