Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital Manager Wins State Pediatric Care Award
Lake Forest Hospital May 22, 2006
GRAYSLAKE, IL – Dawn Frank, manager of Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital’s acute care center in Grayslake, is a 2006 winner of the prestigious Ron Lee Excellence in Pediatric Care Award. Dr. Eric Whitaker, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), officially presented the award to Frank during a May 22 ceremony at the Grayslake facility, which hosts the annual Kids’ Safety Fair for which she is being recognized.
The Ron Lee Excellence in Pediatric Care Award is a joint presentation of IDPH and the Illinois Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) program honoring excellence by individuals dedicated to pediatric emergency care and childhood injury prevention initiatives within Illinois. The award is given annually in three categories. Frank is one of this year’s two Community Service winners in recognition of her “excellence in community pediatric education and safety” for coordinating last year’s first Kids’ Safety Fair. This annual event, held at the Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital Outpatient & Acute Care Center, is designed to promote injury prevention by combining interesting things to see and do with lots of useful information for the entire family.
Frank has been a registered nurse for 29 years and has devoted the majority of her career to emergency care at Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital. In nominating her for the Ron Lee award, Emergency Services Director Beverly Weaver said, “Dawn’s energy and creativity have made a significant difference to the health and well-being of children throughout Lake County by identifying a vital need of the community, going above and beyond her scope of responsibilities, and using her leadership skills to take action.”
Whitaker emphasized those themes during his presentation remarks at the Grayslake ceremony. “This award is being given to Dawn Frank because of her "advocacy, commitment to community and above and beyond philosophy, " he said.
"Awards like this you don't accomplish on your own," Frank said upon accepting the honor. "The community resources we've found since we've been here are overwhelming."
The award, presented annually in May during Emergency Medical Services Week, is a memorial to Dr. Ron W. Lee. As director of emergency medicine at Loyola University Medical Center, Lee was instrumental in creating Illinois’ EMSC program in 1994 to ensure that emergency medical care needs of children were adequately addressed. When he died in 1998, the award was established in his honor to recognize those who carry on his commitment to childhood care.
This year’s other Community Service award goes to the Marion (Ill.) Unit 2 School Board for establishing a school-based health center to help meet the needs of the district’s many students who are uninsured, underinsured or without any primary health care.
Previous Community Service awards have gone to the Chicago Fire Department, the Shrine Fraternity at Shriners Hospitals for Children in Chicago, St. John’s Hospital in Springfield and the Lead Poisoning Initiative at St. Mary’s Hospital in East St. Louis, among others.