Tracy Yingling, R.N., coordinator of Carroll Hospital's Forensic Nurse Examiner program, received the Exceptional Service Award from the Carroll County State's Attorney's Office. She was presented with the honor at the Rape Crisis Intervention Service of Carroll County's annual A Culinary Experience, held at Martin's Westminster on Oct. 8.
Amy Blank Ocampo, senior assistant state's attorney at the Carroll County State's Attorney's Office presented the award on behalf of State's Attorney Brian DeLeonardo to Yingling for her outstanding services to victims of sexual and physical abuse.
A nurse at Carroll Hospital for 21 years, 18 of them as a certified forensic nurse examiner, Yingling oversees the hospital's F.N.E. program that provides comprehensive care, support and evidence collection for adult and child victims. As part of the program victims are evaluated by a specially-trained forensic nurse and receive the medical care and emotional support they need. During her tenure, Yingling has worked to expand the program at the hospital. She helped create the Lethality Assessment Program in which staff members screen patients to identify victims of intimate partner violence and connect them with the appropriate resources when needed. In 2016, she played a pivotal role in the hospital's use of CrimeCam, an advanced technology that allows forensic nurses to take photographs of injuries that may not be visible to the naked eye. These photos can then be used to further the prosecution of strangulation-related domestic violence cases.