Monday, January 18, 2010

Loyola University Chicago to Kick Off 75 Years of Nursing

School of Nursing to honor distinguished alumnus at Second Annual Alumni Awards Brunch

MAYWOOD, Ill. -- The Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing Alumni Board will honor William Duffy Jr., BSN (’80), MJ (’92), CNOR, with the Distinguished Alumni Award. Duffy, who is vice president of nursing at NorthShore University HealthSystem, Evanston, will receive this award at the Second Annual Alumni Awards Brunch on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010. This event marks the kick off celebration for the School of Nursing’s 75th anniversary year.

“This award is the most prestigious acknowledgement of Loyola nursing alumni accomplishments,” said Vicki A. Keough, PhD, RN-BC, ACNP, dean, SON. “We chose to honor William during our 75th anniversary year for the prominence and recognition that he has brought to the School of Nursing and to our profession.”

Prior to assuming his current position, Duffy was the assistant vice president for Perioperative Services at Evanston Hospital. He also recently completed his term as the national president of the Association of periOperative Nurses (AORN), where he led the association’s initiative for National Time-Out Day to eliminate wrong-site surgery.

“I am honored to be chosen for this esteemed award,” said Duffy. “I was lucky to have great professors and an outstanding university to guide my development as a nurse and a leader. Loyola instilled in me the belief that nurses have the power to change the world by not only touching the lives of our patients but also in shaping the way health care is delivered in our country. This belief has guided me my entire career. I feel fortunate for my practice to be recognized by my peers and professors from my school of nursing.”

Duffy’s expertise in health law and risk management and his leadership of multi-hospital perioperative and emergency departments, inpatient and outpatient nursing units and patient-care-support departments have earned him considerable recognition as a speaker both in the U.S. and abroad. He also is the author of many articles for nursing journals and publications. His most recent publication was a research paper in Nursing Administration Quarterly. He reported on the impact of the electronic medical record point-of-care documentation on the nurse/patient interaction.

Second Annual Alumni Awards Brunch Event Details:

Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010 Loyola University Chicago Lake Shore Campus

Mass 10:30 a.m. Madonna della Strada Chapel 6453 N. Kenmore Avenue Chicago, Ill. 60660

Brunch and Program 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Mundelein Center Auditorium 1020 W. Sheridan Road Chicago, Ill. 60626

Guest Speakers Judi Jennrich, RN, PhD Associate Professor, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing


Jennifer A. Gambon, BSN (’02), MSN (’07) Member, School of Nursing Alumni Board Belize International Nursing Experience


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.