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Saint Joseph Hospital Nurses Recognized for Making a Difference Every Day

Nineteen Nurses, Friends of Nursing Receive Awards in 31st Annual Ceremony

Chicago, Ill. (August 19, 2009) – At a Nurses’ Celebration program, leaders at Saint Joseph Hospital honored nurses for their outstanding service and accomplishments. Nineteen nurses and friends of nursing received awards in this year’s 31st annual ceremony.

The 2009 Nursing Awards and Winners

Florence Nightingale Award: This award recognizes a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse that consistently works to make a difference in patient care, and is recognized as a nurse focused on meeting the needs of patients and families. Winners: Natalia Gorovoy, Diamond Headache Unit; Kum Joo Chun, surgery; Pilar Desiongco, SRMC; Frances Goi, Seton Family Health Center; Sang Nano, 11 NW; Maria Ebarvia, CCU

Ellen O’Mara Nursing Mentorship Award: Winners of this award emulate Ellen O’Mara, who graduated from the Saint Joseph Hospital School of Nursing, and spent 38 years in nursing practice at the hospital. As the nurse manager of the intensive care unit, Ellen developed unit standards and acted as a preceptor for new staff nurses and new managers. She instilled confidence and a sense of accountability in her staff. Winner: Erlinda Lim, ICU

Saint Joseph Nursing Alumni New Graduate Award: This award recognizes a registered nurse who has less than two years of experience and demonstrates caring, compassion, flexibility, sound clinical judgment and skills, quality patient care, professionalism and a commitment to the hospital’s core values of compassion, accountability, respect, excellence and service. Winners: Dalyn Huveldt, Telemetry; Allison Mueller, 8 NE; Ellen Guswiler, SRMC

Dr. William and Ila Boikan Nursing Scholarship Award: This scholarship is awarded to a nurse who attends an accredited nursing program. The recipient has been chosen because of outstanding job performance and commitment to quality patient care. Winner: Rita Elue, SRMC

Kate Flaherty Nursing Leadership Award: This award recognizes a nurse leader who provides exceptional leadership for nursing/patient care services in the hospital or other health care setting. The winner recognizes the challenge of achieving the highest quality of care and is successfully engaged in leading the challenge of providing health care every day. Winner: Charles Gutfeld, manager, Skilled Nursing and Rebab Units

Awards for non-Registered Nurses

Caring and Support Award: This award recognizes a certified nursing assistant, medical office assistant, emergency room technician, operating room technician or mental health worker who demonstrates caring and commitment to the team with efforts to provide quality patient care. Winners: Lilia Romero, CCU; Emma Tumang, Diamond Headache Unit; Alex Bochian, SRMC; Lynda Davis, surgery; Emisa Cirkic, medical/surgical

Frank Schleffendorf Caring and Support Award: This award recognizes a certified nursing assistant, medical office assistant, emergency room technician, operating room technician or mental health worker who demonstrates caring and commitment to the team with efforts to provide quality patient care. A small stipend is presented to assist with further professional development. Winner: Brian Stone, Harborview Recovery Center

Friend of Nursing Award: This award recognizes an individual or department outside the nursing division, who provides excellent service in collaboration with the nursing care team. Candidates are nominated by the nursing staff. Winner: Steve Hall, Guest Relations


About Saint Joseph Hospital:

Founded in 1868, Saint Joseph Hospital has a long tradition of providing care to the community. The 335-bed full-service hospital on Chicago’s north side specializes in a full array of services, including cardiology, cancer, orthopedics, family medicine, diabetes and behavioral care. The hospital has more than 550 physicians on staff, representing more than 35 specialties. As a community-based teaching facility, Saint Joseph has six residency programs.

The hospital is also a Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care® and is five-star rated in six clinical areas, including cholecystectomy (gall bladder removal), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (lung disease), heart failure, hip fracture repair, pneumonia and treatment of stroke. For information, visit

About Resurrection Health Care:

Ranked in the nation’s top 20 “Best Places to Work in Healthcare” by Modern Healthcare magazine, Resurrection Health Care is a family of health care services providing advanced medical care and exceptional customer service with compassion and hope. Our hospitals, nursing homes, retirement communities, home health services, behavioral health programs and numerous outpatient services are conveniently located in many Chicagoland neighborhoods. Resurrection Health Care is one of the first hospital systems in the nation to receive accreditation by the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC).

Resurrection Health Care Corporation is a not-for-profit Catholic organization sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth and the Sisters of the Resurrection.


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