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Franciscan Health Olympia Fields honors staff with annual awards

Franciscan Health Olympia Fields recognized the contributions of outstanding nurses and ancillary staff members with annual awards during national Nurses Week earlier this month.

Franciscan Health Olympia Fields Emergency Department Manager Lynne 
Steinhauer, RN, received the Nurse Leader of the Year Award 
and Cardiovascular Services RN Wendy Durham received the 
Nurse of the Year Award. (Provided photo)

Cardiovascular Services Registered Nurse Wendy Durham received the Nurse of the Year Award. The Nurse Leader of the Year Award was presented to Emergency Department Manager Lynne Steinhauer. Sabrina Boothe, patient care assistant in the Emergency Department, received the Ancillary Team Member of the Year Award.

“We are so excited to honor all of the nominees and this year’s winners,” said Franciscan Health Olympia Fields Director of Patient Services  Joan Culver. “They were nominated for many reasons, but most importantly how they live out our Franciscan values in all of their interactions with patients, families and coworkers.”

The Nurse of the Year Award is presented to a registered nurse who promotes patient and coworker safety in all activities, mentors nursing co-workers and works collaboratively with the interdisciplinary team.

Franciscan Health Olympia Fields Chief Nursing Officer and Chief Clinical Officer 
Mari Lynn Ross, left, presents the Ancillary Team Member of the 
Year Award to Sabrina Booth, patient care assistant 
in the Emergency Department. (Provided photo)

The Nurse Leader of the Year Award is presented to a registered nurse in a patient care coordinator, manager or director role in any department. It is awarded to a nurse leader who communicates effectively with patients, staff, physicians and leadership; supports their team, creates a sense of trust and togetherness, builds cohesiveness and effectively manages conflict; leads with confidence and decisiveness, especially during times of high stress; serves as a role model; demonstrates success in moving quality improvement initiatives; is passionate about nursing and inspires others to pursue their vision and goals.

The Ancillary Team Member of the Year Award is presented to any employee who is not a registered nurse and supports nursing, fosters teamwork, consistently exhibits a positive attitude and is focused on patient safety.

All award winners must demonstrate Franciscan values in their actions and words.

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