Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Loyola to Celebrate Nurses Week 2011

Activities will recognize nurses for their contributions and commitment to patients

MAYWOOD, Ill. -- Loyola University Health System will celebrate Nurses Week from May 2-6. 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, “Nurses Trusted to Care,” reflects the confidence patients place in the hands of nurses. “This week recognizes nurses for demonstrating their commitment to excellence in clinical care, research and education,” said Mary Morrow, PhD, APN, ACNS, BC, director of Nursing Administration and Magnet program director, LUHS. “Loyola nurses give selflessly throughout the year, and Nurses Week provides us with an opportunity to express our gratitude for this dedication.” Loyola will honor its nurses with its long-standing tradition of blessing of the hands. A special Mass will be held at noon Tuesday, May 3, in Loyola University Hospital’s Paul V. Galvin Memorial Chapel. Chaplains will anoint nurses' hands with oil and bless them for continuing to use their hands as instruments of service. The following activities also will take place during the week: • Nurses will highlight historic figures in nursing. • Nurses will display artwork they created to represent the profession. • A Nursing Excellence Awards Ceremony will honor top Loyola nurses. The event also will recognize nurses who are board certified and those who have achieved clinical ladder levels three and four, demonstrating professional growth and development. This event will take place from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, in Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine (SSOM), Tobin Hall. A reception will follow. • Nurses will have an opportunity to exercise and receive complimentary chair massages from the Loyola Center for Fitness. • Nurses also will be able to give back through community service opportunities during the week.

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.