Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Loyola Names New Director of Nursing

Director will lead efforts to implement enhanced technology for nurses

MAYWOOD, Ill. -- Kim Reeks, RN, MSN, has been named the director of nursing at Loyola University Health System (LUHS). Reeks has filled the position most recently held by Mary Morrow, RN, PhD, ACNS-BC. Dr. Morrow was named the chief nursing officer at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH) of Loyola University Health System (LUHS) in 2011.

“Kim has demonstrated her strong leadership skills over the years by developing staff and promoting excellence in patient care,” said Paula Hindle, RN, MSN, MBA, vice president of health-care services and chief nurse executive, LUHS. “She is an ideal fit for this position, because she offers both the administrative and bedside-nursing experience that is necessary for this role."

In her new position, Reeks will be responsible for a number of projects at Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC) including upgrading infusion pumps and assisting with the implementation of a new monitoring system for intensive-care unit patients.

Reeks has worked at LUMC for her entire career. Since 1983, she has held a variety of staff and leadership positions. Reeks also has cared for some of LUMC’s most critically ill patients in the hospital’s intensive care unit. Most recently, she served as the nurse manager for one of LUMC’s busiest intensive care units where she managed 75 employees who cared for surgical and trauma patients. This unit has earned several hospital quality awards. She also was named a LUHS Nursing Excellence Award winner, and she played an integral role in the development of a new model of patient and family-centered care in the hospital.

Reeks earned her bachelor of science in nursing from Southern Illinois University. She went on to complete her master of science in nursing at Loyola University Chicago. Reeks is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the American Nurses Association, the Illinois Nurses Association, the American Organization of Nurse Executives and the Illinois Organization of Nurse Leaders.

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.