Thursday, May 13, 2010

Loyola Names Nurse of the Year

Surgical intensive care unit nurse receives top honor

MAYWOOD, Ill. -- Brian Claypool, RN, was named Loyola University Health System’s 2010 Nurse of the Year during its annual Nursing Excellence Award Ceremony on May 5. Claypool, who is a surgical intensive care unit nurse, is the first male to receive this top honor at Loyola. He was chosen for his skills as a clinical expert, educator, mentor and role model.

“Brian is a dynamic nurse leader and preceptor who facilitates good clinical experiences for new nurses and nursing and paramedic students,” said Kathy Przybyl, RN, who nominated Claypool for the award. “He is unflappable under pressure and thrives in emergency situations while still managing to make others laugh. Loyola is proud to honor him with this award.”

Claypool demonstrates nursing excellence on a daily basis at Loyola. On one occasion, he was returning equipment to another unit and stayed to assist with a procedure. After a patient transfer, Claypool found time to help two physicians insert a chest tube. He also responded to a hemorrhaging patient outside of the intensive care unit and arranged for a transfer back to the ICU. During his breaks, you can find him offering another pair of hands to help in the emergency department.

“It was an honor to be recognized by my peers,” Claypool said. “I am no more deserving of this award than anyone else. I would not be here without my team.”

The Nursing Excellence Awards Ceremony is an annual event to honor top Loyola nurses. Certain nurses also were recognized for their clinical expertise, leadership, patient advocacy, mentoring or skills as advanced practitioners. In a field traditionally dominated by women, three of these nurses were men. The following is a complete list of award winners:

Malgorzata Zimowska, RN – Clinical Expert Suzana Nikitovic, RN – Role Model Cynthia Webb, RN – Role Model Alicia Velazco, RN – Role Model Miriam Tournai, RN – Role Model Kathryn Clancy, RN – Role Model Janet Auclair, RN – Coach/Mentor Christina Dabros, RN – Coach/Mentor Jason Matiyow, RN – Patient Advocate Kathy Supple, APN – Advanced Practice Nurse Theresa Leonhardt, RN – Nurse Leader Elmer Dulce, RN – Nurse Leader


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.