Monday, February 24, 2014

Loyola appoints Paula Hindle as vice president for nursing strategy and practice

Long-time leader to advance nursing profession

MAYWOOD (Feb. 24, 2014) - Paula Hindle, MSN, MBA, RN, has been named vice president for nursing strategy and practice for Loyola University Health System. In this role, Hindle will work closely with Loyola’s parent organization, CHE-Trinity Health, and with Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and other key partners to develop strategic plans for the advancement of nursing.

Hindle also will focus on nursing quality research at Loyola and the implementation of the Institute of Medicine Report on the Future of Nursing. The goals of this report are: to ensure nurses practice to the fullest extent of their licensure and education; to achieve a higher level of education for nurses in order to be partners with other disciplines in redesigning the health-care system; and to use data to plan for future workforce demands.

“Paula is a skilled nurse leader who has been influential in shaping quality health care at Loyola,” said Wendy Leutgens, MSN, RN, chief operating officer, LUHS. “Her contributions to nursing make her invaluable for this new role and the health-care profession.”

Hindle previously served as Loyola’s vice president of health-care services and chief nurse executive. Hindle was instrumental in earning the Magnet designation for the hospital and its outpatient facilities in 2009. Her leadership skills also have been integral to patient satisfaction, pressure-ulcer prevention, fall reduction, supply-chain efficiencies, and quality and patient-safety programs.

Hindle implemented Loyola’s mandatory flu vaccination policy, which placed Loyola among the first medical centers in the nation to make seasonal flu shots mandatory as a condition of employment. She also helped to institute the organization’s aggressive methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus-screening program for every planned patient admission. This led to a 70 percent reduction in MRSA infections in the hospital.

Hindle’s concern for patient safety and emerging infections led her to work with the Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing faculty to establish an online advanced education program for infection prevention. This is the first program in the nation to prepare nurses at the master’s level for infection prevention and patient and environmental safety.

During her tenure, Hindle also introduced a new model of care, which makes patients and their families partners in treatment with the goal of improving their physical and spiritual comforts, speeding healing and enhancing outcomes. She was honored for these accomplishments in 2010 with the Joan L. Shaver Illinois Outstanding Nurse Leader award.

About Loyola University Health System

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. 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 91 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 119,000 employees.