Kay Atkinson Ball, a nurse, educator, consultant, and author, was named as a distinguished alumni of the Worthington schools on Tuesday.

Kay Atkinson Ball, a nurse, educator, consultant, and author, was named as a distinguished alumni of the Worthington schools on Tuesday.

Ball, who graduated from Worthington High School in 1967, accepted her award during convocation held in that school's auditorium.

"I am truly honored and I will treasure this forever," she told the crowd.

Ball has worked with perioperative nurses, professional organizations, healthcare facilities, industry, and legislative groups.

She has served as the laser program director for Mount Carmel Health and Grant Medical Center in Columbus.

In 1977, she was inducted as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.

Ball has served on many nursing boards and in 2003 was the recipient of the AORN Award for Excellence and the Ohio Nurses Association's Excellence in Political Action Award.

She wrote the book Lasers: the Perioperative Challenge and planned and assisted with the first laser surgery on a dolphin at Sea World.

She lectures throughout the country on laser, surgical, healthcare and nursing issues.

Ball lives in Lewis Center.