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Hospital leader an ‘outspoken advocate for excellence’

Media contact: Lisa Parro, senior public relations specialist, Adventist Midwest Health,

Hinsdale – It seems that wherever BettySue Netzel’s career takes her, success follows. In her 35 years as a nurse, Netzel, RN, MPH, CPNP, has worked in many different hospital units, taught nursing courses and served in a variety of leadership roles.


As Adventist Hinsdale Hospital’s director of women and children’s services, Netzel developed one of the first community-based pediatric intensive care units, promoted family-centered, progressive obstetric care by supporting nurse midwifery services in the early 1990s and successfully participated in a statewide effort to allow community hospitals to be designated with a Level III standing for obstetric and neonatal care. This designation by the Illinois Department of Health – which Netzel considers one of her greatest career highlights – certifies that Adventist Hinsdale Hospital offers the highest degree of quality care for high-risk moms and high-risk newborns.


“Our Level III designation set Adventist Hinsdale Hospital apart as a center of excellence,” Netzel said. “We could never have gotten this far without the support of our world-class staff and physicians, and for that I am grateful.”


For her commitment to the hospital and its mission of extending the healing ministry of Christ, Netzel was one of five Adventist Midwest Health leaders to receive the organization’s pillar award at the quarterly leadership development institute June 22.


“Our mission is everything,” Netzel said. “That’s why I’m here – and that’s why many of the nurses are here, too. So many nurses have expressed to me how blessed they feel to work in a faith-based hospital where they can reach out to their patients in a spiritual way. Sharing our faith enhances our walk with God.” 


Although the number of babies delivered at the hospital has decreased from about 3,600 annually at its peak in the late 1980s to 2,200 today, the number of high-risk deliveries has increased. Since obtaining the Level III designation in 2000, the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit has grown from 11 beds with an average daily census of five patients to 14 beds with an average daily census of 12 patients. Adventist Hinsdale Hospital is part of the University of Chicago Perinatal Network.


The neonatal intensive care unit is part of the hospital’s Birck Family Women’s and Children’s Center, a comprehensive program providing top-level maternity and neonatal care. The Maternal Fetal Medicine Center provides state-of-the-art care to women with high-risk pregnancies. Under Netzel’s leadership, the center has expanded, serving patients at Adventist GlenOaks Hospital once a week and Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital twice a week. Netzel also has supported the growth of Still Missed, one of the first support programs in the Chicago area for families dealing with miscarriage and the death of a newborn.


Physician, patient and employee satisfaction in women and children’s services at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital continually is ranked among the 90th percentile. 


“Physicians call BettySue an outspoken advocate for excellence. Her focus has been on making sure the highest standards are met,” said Shawn Tyrrell, RN, MSN, MBA, FACHE, BC-NEA, vice president/chief nursing officer of Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. “Her staff also is highly engaged; BettySue’s leadership council has become a model for other units to emulate.”


Netzel’s previous nursing experience includes stints in the medical/surgical, pediatrics, and neonatal intensive care units; she also has taught courses to undergraduate nursing students, served as interim chief nursing officer, interim behavioral health director, director of the resource office, oncology unit, and medical unit and is the current director of the pediatric rehabilitation and audiology department. She lives in Hinsdale and is a member of the Hinsdale Seventh-day Adventist Church.


Pillar award nominations are solicited from Adventist Midwest Health’s senior leadership team. To be eligible, nominees must demonstrate commitment to the organization’s “S.H.A.R.E.” standards of behavior: Sense, Help, Acknowledge, Respect and Explain. They must also demonstrate measurable results on the quarterly goals set for their departments. These goals are organized under the seven categories, or pillars, of spiritual life, people, clinical, service, community, growth and stewardship.



Adventist Midwest Health includes Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. To find a physician, visit