Sage Award: Cinthia LaPorte, MSL, BSN, RN | Loyola Medicine
Thursday, December 14, 2017

Cinthia LaPorte, MSL, BSN, RN, Presented with SAGE Award

MAYWOOD, IL –  Loyola Medicine's Cinthia LaPorte, MSL, BSN, RN, was presented with the SAGE Award at the 20th Power of Nursing Leadership event, which celebrates the impact of Illinois nurse leaders.

The SAGE Award is presented to a nurse who provides mentorship and support to nurses and hospital leadership.

"When I met Cindi, I was struck by her professional presence," said Karen Thomas, MS, RN, PCCN, nurse educator, Loyola's Center for Professional Practice and Development. "She is knowledgeable on so many fronts, extending far beyond pediatrics. She is approachable, welcoming and grounded in best practices. Her enthusiasm is infectious."

Ms. LaPorte has been a nurse at Loyola for 40 years and is currently nurse manager of pediatrics and pediatric critical care. She has been instrumental in the development of nursing policies and the implementation of workforce management to provide nurse leaders the tools needed to assist with staffing patterns. She also introduced a pediatric staff morning huddle with nurses, attending staff and residents. 

Ms. LaPorte also works with Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and Stritch School of Medicine to provide clinical practice experiences to future nurses and doctors. 

"It has been a privilege to be a nurse at Loyola and have had the opportunity to influence others," Ms. LaPorte said. "Loyola's commitment to Ignatian values and Magis principles have always influenced my teaching and the care I provide to patients." 

Yara Anderson, MSN, OBRN-C, nurse manager, labor & delivery and women's health, and Jorgia Briones Connor, PhD, BSN, RN, of Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, also received recognition as Pinnacle Nurse leaders.

The Power of Nursing Leadership event was held at the Hilton Chicago on November 10 and was hosted by the University of Illinois Chicago Nursing.

About Loyola Medicine and Trinity Health

Loyola Medicine, a member of Trinity Health, is a quaternary care system based in the western suburbs of Chicago that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services from 1,877 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital in Maywood that includes the William G. and Mary A. Ryan Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, Illinois's largest burn center, a certified comprehensive stroke center and a children’s hospital. Having delivered compassionate care for over 50 years, Loyola also trains the next generation of caregivers through its teaching affiliation with Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Gottlieb is a 247-licensed-bed community hospital in Melrose Park with 150 physician offices, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park. MacNeal Hospital is a 374-bed teaching hospital in Berwyn with advanced inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and psychiatric services, advanced diagnostics and treatments. MacNeal has a 12-bed acute rehabilitation unit, a 25-bed inpatient skilled nursing facility, and a 68-bed behavioral health program and community clinics. MacNeal has provided quality, patient-centered care to the near west suburbs since 1919.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic healthcare systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 94 hospitals, as well as 109 continuing care locations that include PACE programs, senior living facilities and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually. Based in Livonia, Mich., and with annual operating revenues of $18.3 billion and assets of $26.2 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity employs about 133,000 colleagues, including 7,800 employed physicians and clinicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity is known for its focus on the country's aging population. As a single, unified ministry, the organization is the innovator of Senior Emergency Departments, the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services—ranked by number of visits—in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of available programs.