Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Loyola Faculty Member Named Fellow of Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing Professor Inducted for Service in Information Technology

MAYWOOD, Ill. -- Ida Androwich, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN, was recently appointed a fellow to the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) for her service, experience, publications and presentations in this area. HIMSS is an international organization devoted to promoting a better understanding of health-care information and management systems. Dr. Androwich is a professor of nursing and business and the director of Health Systems Management at Loyola University Chicago. She also teaches graduate courses in health-care informatics, information systems, outcomes performance management and population-based infection control.

“This appointment represents Ida's achievements in information systems education, research and public policy development,” said Vicki Keough, PhD, RN-BC, ACNP, dean, MNSON. “Loyola and the profession of nursing have benefited immensely from Ida’s pioneering efforts to improve care through information technology."

Dr. Androwich’s work has helped to optimize technology for the nursing profession by enhancing information systems with standard terminology and evidence-based content to support decision making and work flow. Dr. Androwich also has made strides in mentoring doctoral students in progressive data-mining research and in the establishment of innovative educational master's programs that develop highly skilled health-care leaders in information systems.

“Information systems are integral to the evolving health-care environment,” Dr. Androwich said. “I am honored to be acknowledged for this work and I look forward to collaborating with my colleagues to further advance nursing using information technology."

Dr. Androwich also was invited by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, to become an inaugural member of the Advisory Committee for the future development and enhancement of the Virginia Henderson International Nursing Library. Dr. Androwich graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Loyola University Chicago. She also has a Master of Science degree in public health nursing and a doctorate in public health from the University of Illinois.

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.