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Chicago -University of Chicago Medical Center Salutes Caregivers

University of Chicago Medical Center feted several nurses as standout among the staff in celebration of National Nurses Week.

The Nursing Excellence Award in a Pediatric Inpatient Area went to Loretta Dykstra, BSN, RN, who was commended for thoroughly reviewing each individual's medical history and current plans for care in the NICU.

Leticia Gonzalez, BSN, RN, RNC-NIC, took home the Nursing Excellence Award in a Specialty Role. As a NICU nurse and clinical educator with particular expertise in chronic issues that affect the neonatal population, she assists new nurses with complex patients. She also has made significant contributions to the development of educational materials for Spanish-speaking parents.

The Nursing Excellence Award in a Leadership Role was given to Tom Andrews, MS, RN-BC. Andrews is a member of the Phoenix team, a group of employees assembled to support the medical center's electronic medical record implementation project. According to the nomination essay, Andrews makes sure the Phoenix employees remember their customers are the nurses, providers and, ultimately, the patients who will benefit from vast service and safety improvements with electronic medical records

The Brittany McKinney "Remember Me" Award for Excellence in Pediatric Oncology Nursing was awarded to Jaclyn Burnette, BSN, RN. She serves as a preceptor role and has volunteered her time as a teacher for an upcoming nursing course on pediatric hematology and oncology.

Kathy Dasgupta, MS, RN, won the Constance E. Staffileno Award for Excellence in Transplant Nursing Practice. Dasgupta provides in-services and education to new nurses in transplant and the ICU. She has also given lectures for the American Liver Foundation and was instrumental in establishing the Chicago Chapter of the International Transplant Nurses Society.  

Miriam Tarillo-Leary, MS, RN, former NICU director, was honored 26 years of service to the medical center. Her past leadership positions spanned the PICU, Women's Care Center and NICU. 


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