Friday, February 10, 2012

Loyola University Chicago to Honor Nursing Alumni

Distinguished nurses will receive awards at annual brunch

MAYWOOD, Ill. -- The Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing will honor two alumni at the Fourth Annual Alumni Awards Brunch this Sunday, Feb. 12, at the Lake Shore campus. There will be a Mass at 10:30 a.m. in the Madonna della Strada Chapel at 6453 N. Kenmore Ave., followed by the brunch and award presentation from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the Mundelein Center Auditorium at 1020 W. Sheridan Road.

Mary Jane Sauve, DNSc (BSN ’61), will receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award, which is the most prestigious acknowledgment of Loyola nursing alumni accomplishments. Sister Maureen Grady, CSC, DMin, MA (BSN ’65), will be honored with the Spirit of Ignatius Award. This is given to a graduate who best characterizes Curas Personalis or "Care of the Person."

Mary Jane Sauvé, DNSc (BSN ’61) – Distinguished Alumni Award Winner

Dr. Sauvé has had a long and distinguished career in cardiovascular nursing (CVN) as a clinician, educator and clinical researcher. She began her career in CVN in 1969, and went on to become director of the Center for Nursing Research (CNR) at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento in 1998, where she worked until her retirement in 2005. Dr. Sauvé also has worked at Sonoma State University and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Her research has focused on long-term outcomes in survivors of sudden cardiac attacks. Dr. Sauvé was an active volunteer of the American Heart Association (AHA) for 25 years as well as a frequent presenter at the AHA Scientific Session. She was elected as a fellow of the AHA in 2002.

Sister Maureen Grady, CSC, DMin, MA (BSN ’65) – Spirit of Ignatius Award Winner

Sister Maureen Grady is a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross, and she teaches communication and pastoral skills to second- and third-year nursing students at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Ind. For 10 years, she held positions as head nurse and nursing supervisor at various institutions of the Holy Cross Health System throughout the United States. Subsequently, Sister Maureen spent 20 years in Asian and Middle Eastern countries helping refugees and war victims through Catholic Relief Services and the Catholic Near East Welfare Association. She went on to teach pastoral theology to undergraduate nursing students at the Antonine University School of Nursing of Beirut before returning to the United States to serve as dean of Pastoral Formation and director of Pastoral Supervision at Saint Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach, Fla.

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 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 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 92 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities - that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.