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Experienced nurse leader promoted to ER manager
Hinsdale – When Noreen Connelly, RN, TNS, ECRN, BSN, of Hinsdale was in the eighth grade and lost her father to cancer she vowed to become a nurse to help see others through their health challenges. Connelly reached the height of her goal in August when she became the emergency department manager at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. She previously had served two short stints as the interim manager – in 2008 and 2009 – where she improved key patient throughput measures and patient satisfaction.

“I’ve always had this desire to help people and I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to do it,” Connelly said.

Before coming to Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Connelly, a nurse since 1986, worked in several positions at Mercy Hospital in Chicago. She was a labor and delivery room nurse, a charge nurse and a staff nurse.

Connelly was an Adventist Hinsdale Hospital staff nurse before moving to the emergency department in 1995. In 2007, she became RN leader. Connelly’s goal as emergency department manager is to improve upon the hospital’s ability to make a positive difference in lives of its patients.

Vice President/Chief Nursing Officer Shawn Tyrrell is pleased with Connelly’s abilities.

“Noreen has gained the confidence and respect of her colleagues, including nursing and medical staff, since leading the emergency department team,” Tyrrell said.

Added Dr. Brian Kern, emergency department director: “I could not be more pleased to have Noreen at the helm.”