Thursday, February 24, 2011

Loyola University Chicago to Honor Nursing Alumni, Students

Distinguished nurses will receive awards at annual brunch

MAYWOOD, Ill. -- The Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing will honor two alumni and two students at the Third Annual Alumni Awards Brunch this Saturday at the Lake Shore campus. Sandra Millon Underwood, RN, PhD, FAAN (BSN ’75, MSN ’79), will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award, which is the most prestigious acknowledgment of Loyola nursing alumni accomplishments. Cheryl McLean, RN, WHNP (BSN ’96, MSN ’99), 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." Brittany Bill will be given the BSN Student Alumni Award and Sarah De Pesa will receive the ABSN Student Alumni Award for their accomplishments as undergraduates. “These alumnae and students are being honored for the significant contributions they have made to the school and the profession,” said Vicki A. Keough, PhD, RN-BC, ACNP, dean, SON. “They are role models for future generations of nurses to come.” Sandra Millon Underwood, RN, PhD, FAAN – Distinguished Alumni Award winner Dr. Millon Underwood is a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has taught several courses that focus on research, evidence-based practice, health promotion, cancer prevention and control, cultural diversity, perspectives of health-care systems and foundations of clinical nursing practice. Dr. Millon Underwood also has directed a number of research projects focused on cancer education, prevention and management as well as on genetics, genomics and personalized care that have targeted at-risk populations of men, women and children who reside in urban and rural communities. Cheryl McLean, RN, WHNP – Spirit of Ignatius Award winner McClean is a board-certified nurse practitioner with more than 28 years of experience in caring for women. She uses a holistic approach to promoting health and disease prevention and she believes strongly in education and the empowerment it gives to her patients. McClean is a clinical preceptor for advance practice nurses from the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. She also has volunteered her time and talents over the last 14 years by providing care for women and children in Belize. McClean also is active in health and wellness activities in her own community. Brittany Bill – BSN Student Alumni Award winner Bill has a strong academic record, and she demonstrates intellectual curiosity, critical-thinking skills, compassionate bedside manner and service. Bill is an active member in the American Diabetes Association, the Illinois Chicago Chapter for Diabetes and the American Association of Diabetes Educators. She also has spoken about diabetes as a guest lecturer on several occasions. Sarah De Pesa – ABSN Student Alumni Award winner De Pesa embodies excellence in academics, research, service to the community and engagement. She also is a positive role model for other nursing students. De Pesa has served as a participant on a panel for new accelerated nursing students and offered guidance for their undergraduate experience. She remains engaged with the values and spirit of Loyola University Chicago. Third Annual Alumni Awards Brunch event details: Saturday, Feb. 26 Loyola University Chicago Lake Shore campus 10:00 a.m. Mass Madonna della Strada Chapel 6453 N. Kenmore Ave. Chicago, Ill. 60660

Brunch & Award Presentation 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. McCormick Lounge, Coffey Hall 1032 N. Sheridan Rd. Chicago, Ill. 60626

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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.