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Perinatal clinical consultant is RN of the Year
Media contact: Lisa Parro, senior public relations specialist, Adventist Midwest Health

Hinsdale – Becky Cervenka, BSN, MSN, RN, APN, FNP, BC, perinatal clinical consultant at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, was named the hospital’s Nurse of the Year. The Willow Springs resident has been a nurse for more than 30 years and has worked at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital since 1983.

Cervenka coordinates care of high-risk moms, conducts education sessions for clinicians and develops policies. She also served as the hospital’s nurse “champion” charged with implementing the statewide Obstetric Hemorrhage Education Project at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital; the hospital carries a Level III standing for obstetric and neonatal care. The Illinois Department of Public Health’s Hemorrhage Project seeks to improve teamwork and maternal outcomes in obstetric hemorrhage, which remains a leading cause of maternal morbidity and mortality in Illinois.

BettySue Netzel, director of women and children’s services at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, praised Cervenka for her work with the hospital’s interdisciplinary obstetric hemorrhage team.

“We’re proud of Becky’s work with this important project,” Netzel said. “Because of her leadership, we can be sure our clinicians are providing safe care to patients in a consistent manner.”

Nurses and other hospital employees submitted nominations for the annual honor, presented during National Nurses Week, which is celebrated May 6-12. Cervenka received a $1,000 award from the hospital for her achievement.

A retired U.S. Navy captain with eight years of active duty and 22 years of reserve duty under her belt, Cervenka went to nursing school on a U.S. Army scholarship.

She followed in the footsteps of her mother’s cousin, who was a U.S. Army operating room nurse.

She said the best part of her job is that it allows her to “do something different every day.”

“While you see the same disease processes, each patient is unique,” she said.