Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Loyola Hires Nurse Managers in Preparation for $120 Million Hospital

MAYWOOD, Ill. - In preparation for the needs of its new $120 million hospital, Loyola University Hospital in Maywood, Ill., has begun adding nurse managers who have vast experience in administration and patient care. Carol Schleffendorf, MS, RN, is the new administrative director who oversees trauma, burn, emergency medical services at Loyola. Schleffendorf is an accomplished and experienced leader. She holds a master's of science degree in management from National Louis University in Evanston, Ill., and has held previous positions of responsibility at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, Westlake Community Hospital in Melrose Park, and most recently at St. Joseph Hospital in Chicago. Areas that will report directly to Schleffendorf include the intensive care unit, burn clinic, pre-hospital emergency medical services and the emergency department.

Caroline Kelly, BSN, MSC, RN, is the new nurse manager for the medical intensive care unit at Loyola. She has more than 22 years in nursing. She has extensive experience in training and development, client relations and health care management. Prior to coming to Loyola, Kelly served as the nurse manager of the oncology unit at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. She also worked at Catholic Health Partners and Columbus Hospital, both in Chicago, and the John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Kelly holds a master's of science degree in communications from Northwestern University in Evanston, and a bachelor's of science degree in nursing from the University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago.

Thomas F. Piotrowski, RN, BSN, CNRN, CNA, is the new nurse manager of the inpatient neurosciences unit at Loyola. Prior to coming to Loyola, Piotrowski served as nurse manager of the neurosciences department at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. He holds bachelor's of science degrees in nursing and psychology from Loyola University Chicago, in Chicago; where he is currently pursuing a master's of science degree in health systems management. Piotrowski is a member of the American Association of Neuroscience Nursing and over the last several years has been involved in a variety of nursing leadership activities including two grant-funded projects. In addition, he holds two certifications: Certified Neurological Registered Nurse (CNRN) and Certified Nursing Administrator (CNA).

Bobbi Hartman, BS, RN, is the new manager of the cardiac care unit and heart transplant unit at Loyola. She brings to Loyola more than 17 years experience in cardiovascular nursing, including telemetry and critical care. One of her major accomplishments was the development of the e-ICU operation model for the Advocate System. Bobbi joins Loyola from Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, where she held the position of clinical manager on the Feinberg 13W medicine unit. She is pursuing a joint master's degree in health care management and hospital clinical informatics at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

In April, Loyola will unveil its hospital that will include 176,000 square feet of new space, 12 additional operating rooms, a two-story hospital entrance, separate elevators and corridors for patients and visitors and other amenities that will enhance the healing process for patients. The nursing positions that need to be filled are in the surgical and cardiology areas. Positions are also open for patient care technicians and service coordinators.

Loyola nurse achieves oncology certification

Mary Foley, RN, OCN, has passed her oncology certified nurse exam. Foley is a staff nurse in the oncology department at Loyola University Hospital in Maywood, Ill.

Loyola nurse appointed to board of American Nephrology Nurses' Association

Mary Kay Larson, BS, MSN, CNN, APRN-BC, is the new chapter coordinator-elect for the North Central Chapter of the American Nephrology Nurses' Association. The two-year appointment places her in a key position with that organization on a regional and national level. Larson is a nurse practitioner in the department of surgery, division of surgical oncology, Loyola University Hospital, Maywood, Ill.

Journal recognizes Loyola nurse as its 'Reviewer of the Year'

Linda Juretschke, PhD, RNC, ADN, NNP, CCNS, has been recognized as the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing (JOGNN) Reviewer of the Year. The honor is given yearly to a member of the JOGNN Editorial Review Panel as recognition for outstanding contribution to the journal as well as to this specialty area of nursing. Juretschke works in the neonatal intensive care unit at Loyola University Hospital in Maywood, Ill.

Loyola nurse presents paper at Chicago seminar

Pam S. Clementi, Ph.D., RN, presented "Patient Expectations During Health Care Encounters: A Grounded Theory Study" at the Qualitative Research: Another Voice in the Evidence-Based Practice Debate program held recently at Saint Xavier University School of Nursing in Chicago. She also presented the same paper at Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Ill. Clementi is the manager of nursing education at Loyola University Hospital in Maywood, Ill.

Loyola nurse publishes paper on measuring pain in babies

Pat Hummel, MA, APN, published "Clinical Reliability and Validity of the N-PASS: Neonatal Pain, Agitation, and Sedation Scale with prolonged pain" in the January 2008 issue of the Journal of Perinatology. The N-PASS was developed in the neonatal intensive care unit of Loyola University Hospital in Maywood, Ill. It is now the most widely used neonatal pain/sedation assessment tool in the United States and is used around the world. Hummel works in the neonatal intensive care unit at Loyola.

Loyola nurses achieve emergency, trauma certifications

Heather Prescaro, RN, ECRN; Jackie Andersen, RN, ECRN; Tracy Monroe, RN, ECRN; and Colleen Quinn, RN, ECRN, have received their Emergency Communications Registered Nurse certifications (ECRN). Prescaro, Andersen, Monroe and Quinn work in the emergency department at Loyola University Hospital in Maywood, Ill. Debra Callender, Colleen Quinn, Katrina Hejnowski and Lori Chiappetta have received their Trauma Nurse Specialists certifications. Callender, Quinn, Hejnowski and Chiappetta work in the emergency department at Loyola University Hospital in Maywood, Ill.

Loyola nurse presents paper at American Society for Apheresis annual meeting

Teresita Bernardo, RN, will present "Peripheral Nerve Hyperexcitability Syndrome Associated with Voltage-Gated Potassium Channel Antibody, Managed with Therapeutic Plasma Exchange and Steroids" at the annual meeting of American Society for Apheresis in April in Galveston, Texas. Bernardo works in the apheresis department at Loyola University Hospital in Maywood, Ill.

Loyola nurses achieve their master's of science degrees

Judy McHugh, RN, BSN, and Cecilia Petrowsky, RN, BSN, CCRC, have received their master's of science degrees in health systems management with outcomes performance certificates from Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing in Chicago. McHugh is the nursing performance improvement coordinator at Loyola University Hospital in Maywood, Ill. Petrowsky is the manager of the cancer clinical trials office at the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center of Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood.


Loyola University Health System, a wholly owned subsidiary of Loyola University Chicago (LUC), includes the private teaching hospital at Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), 16 specialty and primary care centers in the western and southwestern suburbs, the Loyola Ambulatory Surgery Center at Oakbrook and the Loyola Oakbrook Terrace Imaging Center; and serves as co-owner-operator of RML Specialty Hospital, a long-term acute hospital specializing in ventilation weaning and other medically complex patients in suburban Hinsdale, Ill. Loyola is nationally recognized for its specialty care and groundbreaking research in cancer, neurological disorders, neonatology and the treatment of heart disease. The 61-acre medical center campus in Maywood, Ill., includes the 570-licensed bed Loyola University Hospital with a Level I trauma center, the region's largest burn unit, one of the Midwest's most comprehensive organ transplant programs, the Russo Surgical Pavilion and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of LUMC. Also on campus are Loyola's Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center and LUC Stritch School of Medicine. The medical school includes the Cardiovascular Institute, Oncology Institute, Burn & Shock Trauma Institute, Neuroscience Institute and the Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics and He

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.