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.
"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.