Wednesday, March 23, 2011

23rd Annual Ruth K. Palmer Symposium Will Feature Latest in Nursing Research

Speakers to address framing health care through clinical data

MAYWOOD, Ill. -- The 23rd Annual Ruth K. Palmer Research Symposium will bring the latest nursing research to area health-care professionals. This event will take place from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. , Saturday, April 9, at Loyola University Health System’s John & Herta Cuneo Center, Tobin Hall, 2160 S. First Ave., in Maywood. Keynote speaker Frances Marcus Lewis, RN, MN, PhD, FAAN, will present “Reframing Cancer as a Family’s Experience, Not a Patient’s Disease: An Analysis of the Evidence and Implications for Needed Studies and Services.” Dr. Marcus Lewis is the Virginia & Prentice Bloedel Professor at University of Washington. She also is an affiliate of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and an adjunct professor at University of Pennsylvania. "Health-care providers must be mindful of how a cancer diagnosis impacts the entire family,” said Vicki A. Keough, PhD, RN-BC, ACNP, dean, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. “Dr. Marcus Lewis’ presentation will shed light on this aspect of patient care and explore approaches to support the entire family through this process.” Dr. Marcus Lewis will join a respected panel of speakers. The goal of their presentations will be to: identify multidisciplinary approaches of framing the impact of an individual’s illness within a family; explore evidence that informs health-care providers in addressing the needs of children and families in distress; and describe the dynamic balance between the environment and health. Nurses, nurse practitioners, educators, administrators, health-care professionals and students are welcome to attend the symposium presentations. Poster sessions also will be available throughout the day. Loyola University Health System is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Illinois Nurse's Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. This activity will offer six contact hours for nursing. The symposium was established from the Ruth K. Palmer Memorial Endowment, a gift of dean emeritus Gladys Kiniery in memory of her beloved sister.

"The late Gladys Kiniery and her sister Ruth K. Palmer have been instrumental in supporting research and knowledge-sharing," Dean Keough said. "We look forward to carrying on their legacy through the annual symposium and its significant contributions to health care."

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About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is part 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. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At 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 Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago 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.

Trinity Health is a national Catholic health system with an enduring legacy and a steadfast mission to be a transforming and healing presence within the communities we serve. Trinity is committed to being a people-centered health care system that enables better health, better care and lower costs. Trinity Health has 88 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 119,000 employees.