May 11, 2009
Industry publication: Bolingbrook RN ‘excellent’ manager
Bolingbrook – Jolene Albaugh, RN, director of surgical services at Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, received the Greater Chicago Nursing Spectrum 2009 Excellence Award in the management category. Diane Leonard, RN, director of women’s and children’s services and medical/surgical at Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, was recognized as a finalist in the same category.
Both were honored at the annual Nursing Spectrum Nursing Excellence Awards, held May 7 at Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace. Nursing Spectrum – Greater Chicago edition is an industry trade magazine published twice a month. One winner was declared in each of the six categories: advancing and leading the profession, clinical care, community service, management, mentoring and teaching. Thirty finalists were recognized at the event, chosen from more than 100 nominees.
“Jolene and Diane are very worthy of this recognition,” said Kathy Mitchell, vice president/chief nursing officer of Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital. “These nurses have had exceptional career paths, contribute greatly to our community and continue to advance the practice of nursing. They have had a positive impact on our entire nursing team.”
Albaugh oversees nurses in the operating room and post-anesthesia care, same-day surgery, endoscopy, pain management and sterile processing units. She manages a staff of 45 employees in six departments and a total operating budget of $10.2 million. She is responsible for all administrative and clinical duties within these departments, as well as the strategic direction, planning and patient and employee satisfaction.
A nurse for 30 years, the Clarendon Hills resident came to Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital in May 2007 and spent 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.
Dr. Dan Levinthal, medical director of the anesthesiology group that serves the hospital, said Albaugh’s willingness to think outside the box and her complete and thorough knowledge of the operating room make her an appealing leader in a physician’s mind.
“She’s a combination of intelligence, leadership and a great attitude, but her primary motivation is to provide the best care to our patients,” Levinthal said in the five-page nomination letter submitted by Mitchell. “The surgeons really love her. She’s without a doubt the best OR manager I’ve ever encountered.”
Leonard, of Bolingbrook, also was hired by Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital before the facility opened.