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Monday, November 23, 2020

Loyola Medicine Nurse Nicole Wynn Receives Honor from American Organization for Nursing Leadership

Nicole Wynn, DNP, RN-BC

MAYWOOD, IL—Nicole Wynn, DNP, RN-BC, manager of nursing excellence and Magnet program director at Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), has been named to the 2021 American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL) Young Professionals Class.

The honor is part of AONL’s Young Professional Voices Program that “recognizes nurse leaders who exhibit significant potential as a health care leader and demonstrate exemplary leadership within their organization, community and the nursing profession.” The 20 members of the 2021 class will be honored during next year’s AONL Annual Conference and are featured in the November/December issue of VOICE magazine.

Wynn also is an assistant professor at the Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, and the director of LUMC’s Nursing Excellence and Magnet Program. Loyola University Medical Center has received three consecutive Magnet® designations (four years each) from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Wynn is also overseeing the new food is medicine program at MacNeal Hospital, part of Loyola Medicine. Wynn and Jennifer Grenier, DNP, associate chief nursing officer at MacNeal Hospital, co-created the Program that targets food waste and food insecurity by donating excess food from hospital cafeterias to local non-profits that feed the hungry. The program, created in 2015, is now available at 25 hospitals throughout the U.S.

Wynn received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a master’s degree in nursing from DePaul University, and a doctorate in nursing practice from Rush University.

“Nicole Wynn exemplifies nursing excellence through her unwavering commitment to patients, colleagues and the communities we serve,” said Tim Carrigan, PhD, RN, chief nursing officer at Loyola. “She is a leader and mentor, and we’re honored to have Nicole on the Loyola University Medical Center team.”

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.