Friday, May 2, 2014

Loyola to celebrate Nurses Week 2014

Activities will recognize nurses for their contributions and commitment to patients

MAYWOOD, Ill. (May 2, 2014) – Loyola University Health System (LUHS) will celebrate Nurses Week on May 5-9. 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 is “A Leading Force for Change."

“This week recognizes nurses for their leadership in the various ways they help patients, research, education or clinical care,” said Rose Lach, PhD, RN, administrative director for nursing, LUHS. “Nurses’ leadership skills in research, education and clinical care will become increasingly important in the changing health-care environment."

Loyola will recognize its nurses with a special lunch, complimentary chair massages, rounds from senior administrators and its long-standing tradition of blessing of the hands. Chaplains will anoint nurses' hands with oil and bless them for continuing to use their hands as instruments of service. A special film screening of “American Nursing Healing America” also will be held on Tuesday, May 6, at the main medical center campus.

Loyola nurses also will have an opportunity to receive complimentary chair massages from the Loyola Center for Fitness.

A Nursing Excellence awards ceremony will honor top Loyola nurses later in the week. The event will take place 4:30-5:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 7, in Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine (SSOM) Tobin Hall. The awards ceremony also will recognize nurses who have achieved clinical ladder levels three and four, demonstrating professional growth and development. A reception will follow.

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 that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), located on a 61-acre campus in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH), on a 36-acre campus in Melrose Park, and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. At the heart of LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital that houses the Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, a burn center, a children's hospital, Loyola Outpatient Center, and Loyola Oral Health Center. The campus also is home to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. The GMH campus includes a 254-licensed-bed community hospital, a Professional Office Building with 150 private practice clinics, 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.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 93 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities — that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.