FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Presence Saint Francis Hospital Employee Named a 2013 Lifesaving Partner by Gift of Hope
Evanston, Illinois (November 13, 2013) – Dawn LeRoy, director of Critical Care at Presence Saint Francis Hospital was named a 2013 Lifesaving Partner by the Gift of Hope & Tissue Donor Network for outstanding achievement in addressing the need for organ and tissue donation. Gift of Hope’s Lifesaving Partner Awards honor the “Best of the Best” in organ and tissue donation, those people and organizations who have gone beyond the call of duty to make donation happen.
LeRoy worked tirelessly to educate staff, patients and families on the importance of organ donation, implementing policies to streamline the complex process of assisting potential donors and their family members in making the best decision for themselves and helping them fulfill their wishes. Since LeRoy assumed responsibility for managing the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit three years ago, Presence Saint Francis Hospital’s rate of converting potential donors to actual donors has increased to 88 percent, up from 67 percent from the year before.
“We are very proud of Dawn, for her outstanding achievement and for her dedication to saving lives, for giving hope and life to others,” said Roberta Luskin-Hawk, M.D., regional president of Presence Saint Joseph Hospital – Chicago and Presence Saint Francis Hospital. LeRoy continues to implement donor management strategies at the hospital and is currently working on catastrophic brain injury guidelines for the entire Presence Health system to help deepen the pool of eligible donors.
“Through her dedicated support of our mission, Dawn continues to make donation part of the fabric throughout the entire Presence Health system,” said Gift of Hope President and CEO Kevin Cmunt. “She has truly positioned herself as a true lifesaving partner of Gift of Hope.”
About Presence Saint Francis Hospital
Presence Saint Francis Hospital is a nationally recognized, full-service 271-bed hospital with a Level I Trauma Center and is listed as one of Chicago’s top hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. As home to the first Chest Pain Center on Chicago’s North Shore and a Primary Stroke Center certified by the Joint Commission, Presence Saint Francis Hospital has a rich history of providing top quality care and leading edge technologies in collaboration with its 400-physician medical staff. Presence Saint Francis Hospital has been designated a Magnet Hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center,
placing it in the top seven percent of U.S. hospitals for nursing excellence. More information is available at http://www.presencehealth.org/stfrancis.
About Presence Health
Provena Health and Resurrection Health Care have joined to form Presence Health, a family of Catholic, not-for profit, healthcare services providing advanced medical care and exceptional service with compassion and hope. With locations in Chicago and its collar counties, as well as in East-Central Illinois, it is the largest Catholic health provider in Illinois, encompassing 12 hospitals, 27 long term care and senior residential facilities, numerous outpatient services, clinics, home health services, hospice, private duty, and comprehensive Behavioral Health services. Presence Health is sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart, the Servants of the Holy Heart of Mary, the Sisters of the Holy Family, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas and the Sisters of the Resurrection. Visit www.provenaresurrection.org to learn more.