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Loyola to celebrate Nurses Week 2014

Activities will recognize nurses for their contributions and commitment to patients

MAYWOOD, Ill. (May 2, 2014) – Loyola University Health System (LUHS) will celebrate Nurses Week on May 5-9. This event takes place each year just prior to May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. The theme for the week is “A Leading Force for Change."

“This week recognizes nurses for their leadership in the various ways they help patients, research, education or clinical care,” said Rose Lach, PhD, RN, administrative director for nursing, LUHS. “Nurses’ leadership skills in research, education and clinical care will become increasingly important in the changing health-care environment."

Loyola will recognize its nurses with a special lunch, complimentary chair massages, rounds from senior administrators and its long-standing tradition of blessing of the hands. Chaplains will anoint nurses' hands with oil and bless them for continuing to use their hands as instruments of service. A special film screening of “American Nursing Healing America” also will be held on Tuesday, May 6, at the main medical center campus.

Loyola nurses also will have an opportunity to receive complimentary chair massages from the Loyola Center for Fitness.

A Nursing Excellence awards ceremony will honor top Loyola nurses later in the week. The event will take place 4:30-5:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 7, in Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine (SSOM) Tobin Hall. The awards ceremony also will recognize nurses who have achieved clinical ladder levels three and four, demonstrating professional growth and development. A reception will follow.

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. The medical center campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of the Chicago Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. The heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as the LUC Stritch School of Medicine, the LUC Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

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