Friday, September 16, 2011

Loyola University Health System Recognized for Support of Nurse in Iraq

Nurse Manager Honored for Letting Emergency Department Nurse Serve Her Country

MAYWOOD, Ill. -- Loyola University Health System (LUHS) Emergency Department (ED) Nurse Manager Michelle Ruther, RN, MSN, was recognized this week with a Patriotic Employer Award for her extraordinary support of U.S. Army Reserve Capt. Linda Mounce, who is an LUHS ED nurse. Ruther was honored by the Illinois Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), an agency of the Department of Defense.
The Patriotic Employer Award is presented after the ESGR receives a nomination from a guardsman or reservist in Illinois. Capt. Mounce, who is serving in the Army Nurse Corp, nominated Ruther for this recognition and stated in her narrative, “She is unsurpassed in her support for me. Even before I received mobilization orders, I always knew my requests would be honored without hesitation. Her acceptance, support and enthusiasm also have filtered down to my workplace teammates, making my transition from RN to soldier easier. I know that my job will be there when I return and I also know that I have the full support of all the leadership at my institution.”
The award was presented to Ruther on Wednesday during a special meeting at Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC). Michael Holub and Terry McCollom, of the Illinois Committee of the ESGR, presented the award with thanks for the continued support of the men and women in uniform. 
“The Patriotic Employer Award publicly recognizes employers who provide outstanding patriotic support and cooperation to their employees who have answered their nation’s call to serve,” said Michael Holub, public affairs director, IL ESGR. “These employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s National Guard and Reserve units. Michelle Ruther and Loyola now join thousands of employers who have demonstrated their devotion to employees in the National Guard and Reserve through full compliance with the statutory requirements of the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-Employment Rights Act law.” 
Capt. Mounce, who has worked in the LUMC ED since 2002, was called into military rotation in Baghdad from the reserves in January. She expects to return next year. The ED recently received an American flag that had been flown over Capt. Mounce’s military base in the spring. The flag was presented to the department in recognition of Loyola’s commitment to the United States Armed Forces in Iraq.
“We were grateful to receive this flag and this most recent award while Linda is so bravely serving our country,” Ruther said. “We plan to display the flag and plaque in a place of honor in the Emergency Department.”

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.