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Bolingbrook – Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital today announced that Jolene Albaugh has accepted the position of Vice President/Chief Nursing Officer. Since January, Albaugh has served in this role as interim CNO.
Albaugh has more than 30 years of nursing experience and has proved to be not only a dedicated clinician, but a strong, results-driven leader. She works tirelessly to promote quality initiatives and has a collaborative spirit with physicians, said Rick Mace, chief executive officer, Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital.
“Jolene has earned the respect of her fellow nurses and the physicians who treat our patients,” Mace said. “She has a passion for nursing and her primary motivation is to provide the best care to our patients.”
Albaugh joined the hospital in May 2007 as director of surgical services and spent the next eight months forming and training her team to prepare for the hospital’s opening in January 2008. She built the hospital’s surgical program from the ground up, creating, supervising and managing every detail of the surgical areas.
“I’m thrilled to have had this opportunity,” Albaugh said. “To have been a part of opening the first new hospital in Illinois in 25 years was an incredible experience. I’m looking forward to reaching more milestones in this new role.”
Before serving as interim CNO, Albaugh supervised nurses in the operating room and post-anesthesia care, same-day surgery, endoscopy, pain management and sterile processing units – a total of 45 employees in six departments with a total operating budget of $10.2 million. In 2009, she was recognized by her nursing peers as an outstanding leader when she received the Greater Chicago Nursing Spectrum Excellence Award in the management category.
Dr. Michael Korpics, an emergency room physician who serves as chief of the medical staff, said Albaugh has both outstanding leadership skills and people skills. “She is personable and down-to-earth – the perfect ‘go-to person,’” he said. “She’s the total package. There’s no question we’re very fortunate to have her in this role.”
Dr. Jim Rejowski, an otolaryngologist and former chief of staff, said Albaugh embraces unique ideas, from flexible staffing to hiring new graduates that help create succession plans. “Jolene has demonstrated her ability to be a tremendous leader,” he said. “You have to earn trust and respect and she has done that.”
“When Jolene says she will do something, she will get it done,” Rejowski continued. “When she says she will get back to you, she does. If I would pick up the phone right now, she would answer. She’s very accessible.”
Dr. Dan Levinthal, chief of anesthesia and chairman of the credentials committee, said Albaugh’s willingness to think outside the box make her an appealing leader in a physician’s mind. “She’s a combination of intelligence, leadership and a great attitude, and her focus is always on the patient,” Levinthal said. “The surgeons really love her. She’s without a doubt the best OR manager I’ve ever encountered.”
Prior to joining Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Albaugh worked at MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn for 28 years. She joined MacNeal as a scrub tech and worked up the ranks to become the director of surgical services.
Albaugh received her nursing degree from Morton College. She lives in Clarendon Hills with her husband, Dave, and has two sons, David, 20 and Brian, 16. She enjoys gardening, reading and watching her son’s baseball games.
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