Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Loyola Nursing Administrator to Join Gottlieb

Experienced nurse to lead integration efforts between Loyola's Maywood and Melrose Park campuses

MELROSE PARK, Ill. -- Sue Flores, RN, MS, has joined Loyola University Health System (LUHS) at Gottlieb as associate vice president of nursing. She will oversee day-to-day operations of all nursing services, which include performance-improvement initiatives and compliance with Joint Commission accreditation. Flores was formerly at Loyola University Hospital's campus in Maywood. Gottlieb Memorial Hospital became a part of LUHS in July of this year.

"Sue will play a crucial role in integrating our two medical campuses," said Connie Clark, RN, vice president of nursing at Gottlieb. "Her enthusiasm for nursing and her experience make her an invaluable asset to our organization."

Flores branched into nursing administration after a successful career as a staff nurse. She played an integral role in many projects at LUHS, including activating new nursing units and departments as well as implementing the inpatient nursing's electronic medical record system.

"Sue was instrumental in leading nursing services at Loyola," said Paul K. Whelton, MD, president and CEO of Loyola University Health System. "We are fortunate that our patients, nurses and the organization as a whole will continue to benefit from her leadership skills in this new position at Gottlieb."

Flores received her bachelor of science degree in nursing from the University of Iowa and her master's degree from Northern Illinois University. Prior to joining Loyola, she practiced nursing at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics; Visiting Nurses Association of Des Moines; and Public Health Association of Polk County, Iowa.

"I am pleased to join such talented and dedicated individuals at Gottlieb," said Flores. "I welcome this professional opportunity and look forward to working in an environment that blends the highest level of clinical expertise with the warmth and convenience of a community setting."


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.