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Bolingbrook nurses honored for excellence at hospital gala
Bolingbrook – Two nurses at Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital have been recognized for nursing excellence at the hospital’s second annual “High-Performing Nurse” gala. The black tie-optional gala, held Dec. 16, at the Bolingbrook Golf Club, was designed to recognize those nurses who go above and beyond the call of duty to provide excellent care to patients on a daily basis.

“These nurses are committed to quality, safety and teamwork,” said Kathy Mitchell, vice president/chief nursing officer at Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital. “They also consistently strive to provide an unsurpassed patient experience and to serve our physicians in any way they can. Our nurses are truly a credit to the nursing profession.”

Two nurses – both Bolingbrook residents – were singled out for exceeding expectations. Susan Memmel, R.N., an emergency room auditor, received the Nursing Legacy award. The Nursing Legacy award is bestowed upon nurses with an extensive history with Adventist Health System who demonstrate compassion and personal values that inspire other nurses.

The award is designed to honor nurses of passion and conviction who have overcome significant personal adversity or whose body of work will follow them throughout their career.

A resident of Bolingbrook for more than 30 years, Memmel joined Adventist Bolingbrook Medical Center in 1983 when it was a free-standing emergency department, working the night shift in order to take care of her young children during the day.

Seeing their mother working hard in a career she loved had a positive impact on her children. Two of her four children – daughters Jennifer Raddatz and Sara Matlock – also work as nurses. Matlock works at Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, while Raddatz works at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital.

“My mom always told me nursing was the best profession for mothers,” said Raddatz, also of Bolingbrook. “She was so proud of nursing and she’s always loved her job, so it was an easy decision for me to go into that field.”

Memmel said she loves working with her co-workers, who “take care of each other” and stand beside her through the ups and downs of life. “I’ve always been very proud of Adventist Bolingbrook,” she said. “I would bring my family to the ER before I would consider taking them anywhere else. And I have! We’ve gone through a lot of emergency visits though the years.”

Brenda Lumpkin, clinical nurse manager for the Intensive Care Unit, received the Nursing Leadership award. This award is bestowed upon nurses who demonstrate extraordinary service in the execution of balanced performance and embrace a philosophy of excellence in the areas of staff development, clinical quality, patient satisfaction, physician relations and stewardship of hospital resources.

“I never have felt like I need any recognition because when everything is said and done, it’s really all about the patient,” said Lumpkin, of Bolingbrook. “We face challenges in the ICU, but we face them as a team. I couldn’t ask for a better place to work.”

Lumpkin credits Mitchell with her success as a leader and said has learned much from working with a team of outstanding leaders.

“Kathy has mentored me in every area of my life, both professionally and personally,” said Lumpkin. “When I’m not sure how to handle things, there are so many remarkable leaders at my fingertips that I can turn to for support.”

Additionally, a group of nurses that serves on the hospital’s Quality Improvement Team received the Nurse Quality award. The Quality award is bestowed upon nurses who demonstrate the delivery of exceptional patient care as reflected through compliant quality documentation and support for principles of continuous quality improvement to achieve measurable improvement. Nurses Christina Karkari-Adejong, Charleen Dillman, Margarita Lopez, Kristina Salcedo, Peggy Korzenecki and Stefannie Carr received this honor.