Monday, October 24, 2011

Loyola Professor Named Illinois Outstanding Nurse Leader

Nurse honored for work to advance health care across the state

MAYWOOD, Ill. -- Diana Hackbarth, PhD, RN, FAAN, has been named the Joan L. Shaver Illinois Outstanding Nurse Leader. Dr. Hackbarth is a professor at Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing (MNSON). She was honored for her hard work, commitment and dedication to serve the health-care needs of the people of Illinois through her leadership and ability to break through barriers. She will receive this award at the 14th Annual Power of Nursing Leadership Event on Friday, Nov. 4, at the Hilton Hotel in Chicago.

“Diana is an integral member of our faculty and a champion for the profession of nursing,” said Vicki Keough, PhD, RN-BC, ACNP, dean, MNSON. “Her work has had a lasting impact on nurses, students and the health of the population throughout the state of Illinois.

Each year, the Power of Nursing Leadership celebrates an exceptional nurse leader with the Joan L. Shaver Illinois Outstanding Nurse Leader Award. This event brings together hundreds of nurses to showcase the impact of the profession in shaping health care to meet the needs of the people of Illinois.

Dr. Hackbarth was recognized with this award for the various leadership positions she has taken on during her career. This includes policy work she has done on tobacco prevention as a team member of the Illinois Coalition Against Tobacco and the Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago. Dr. Hackbarth also was honored for her work to establish Loyola’s school-based health center at Proviso East High School. This center provides easy access to health-care services and education for students in an underserved community in Illinois.

In addition, Dr. Hackbarth is an accomplished educator, researcher and author. Her research interests include program evaluation, health policy and tobacco control. She also has held leadership positions in public health including serving as chair of the Illinois Coalition Against Tobacco, chair of the Wilmette Board of Health and as past president and board member of the Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago.

“I am honored to be recognized by this esteemed group of nurse leaders,” Dr. Hackbarth said. “I have enjoyed representing nurses and witnessing how our profession can make a difference in health policy, tobacco control and in the delivery of primary health care to disadvantaged populations.” 

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.