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Nurses honored for excellence at hospital gala

Bolingbrook – Nearly 100 nurses were recognized at Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital’s first annual “High-Performing Nurse” gala. The black tie-optional gala, held Tuesday, 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.”


Three nurses were singled out for exceeding expectations. Joan Vrba, RN, received the Nursing Legacy award. Vrba, of Joliet, works in the pain management department. She was hired in 1983, two years after the opening of Adventist Bolingbrook Medical Center, the hospital’s predecessor. Vrba worked with state officials to develop the rules and regulations that led to the medical center being certified as the first freestanding emergency center in Illinois. 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.


Jolene Albaugh, RN, received the Nursing Leadership award. Albaugh, director of surgical services, oversees nurses in the operating room and post-anesthesia care, same-day surgery, endoscopy, and sterile processing units. A nurse for nearly 30 years, Albaugh, of Clarendon Hills, 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. The Nursing Leadership 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.


Julie Grivetti, RN, received the Nurse Quality award. Grivetti, a Marseilles resident, is clinical coordinator of the hospital’s post-anesthesia care, same-day surgery and ambulatory care units. She has been a nurse for 13 years. 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.


Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital CEO Rick Mace said the purpose of the gala was to “honor the people who make the hospital work.”


“You are the reason doctors bring patients to us,” Mace told nurses at the gala. “Nurses are what make our hospital strong.”