Nurses Week 2015 | News | Loyola Medicine
Saturday, May 2, 2015

Nurses to be recognized for ethical practice and quality care during Nurses Week

MAYWOOD, Ill. – Loyola University Health System (LUHS) will celebrate Nurses Week from May 3 to 9. The theme for the week, “Ethical Practice. Quality Care,” recognizes the professionalism and skills of nurses in all that they do for patients, research and education. 

“We have all been touched by a nurse at some point in our life,” said Karen J. Anderson, MSN, MBA, RN, vice president, patient-care services and chief nurse executive, LUHS. “This week provides us with an opportunity to give back to our nurses for all that they do to care.”

Loyola nurses will receive a small gift and will participate in Loyola’s traditional blessing of their hands by the organization’s chaplains. Several other events will take place at Loyola’s main medical center campus and at the organization’s Gottlieb Memorial Hospital and 30 outpatient facilities. These include a grand rounds on stress in the workplace, a special meal, tea with the chief nurse executive and a traveling juice cart. 

A Nurse Excellence Awards Ceremony will honor top Loyola nurses during the week. The event also will recognize nurses who are board-certified and those who have achieved clinical ladder levels three and four, demonstrating professional growth and development. This event will take place on Wednesday, May 6, from 4:30 to 5:30 pm in Tobin Hall at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine (SSOM) located at 2160 S. First Ave. in Maywood. A reception will follow.

View a video tribute to Loyola nurses from patients.

About Loyola Medicine and Trinity Health

Loyola Medicine, a member of Trinity Health, is a quaternary care system based in the western suburbs of Chicago that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services from 1,877 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital in Maywood that includes the William G. and Mary A. Ryan Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, Illinois's largest burn center, a certified comprehensive stroke center and a children’s hospital. Having delivered compassionate care for over 50 years, Loyola also trains the next generation of caregivers through its teaching affiliation with Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Gottlieb is a 247-licensed-bed community hospital in Melrose Park with 150 physician offices, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park. MacNeal Hospital is a 374-bed teaching hospital in Berwyn with advanced inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and psychiatric services, advanced diagnostics and treatments. MacNeal has a 12-bed acute rehabilitation unit, a 25-bed inpatient skilled nursing facility, and a 68-bed behavioral health program and community clinics. MacNeal has provided quality, patient-centered care to the near west suburbs since 1919.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic healthcare systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 94 hospitals, as well as 109 continuing care locations that include PACE programs, senior living facilities and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually. Based in Livonia, Mich., and with annual operating revenues of $18.3 billion and assets of $26.2 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity employs about 133,000 colleagues, including 7,800 employed physicians and clinicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity is known for its focus on the country's aging population. As a single, unified ministry, the organization is the innovator of Senior Emergency Departments, the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services—ranked by number of visits—in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of available programs.