Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital Presents Jenny Prescia with Top Nursing Award for 2010
Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital August 10, 2010
LAKE FOREST, IL – Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital awarded this year’s Jean Ewing Nursing Excellence Award to Jenny Prescia, RN, BSN, ACM. Prescia, a Nurse Case Manager, has worked at Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital for the past 20 years.
“Jenny has a contagious work ethic,” says her supervisor Denise Majeski, Director of Case Management/Social Services. “She motivates everyone around her and is a go-to person whenever other staff members have questions. She excels at her work, seeks and develops opportunities for improvement and is more than worthy of this award.”
As recognition for winning the honor, Prescia received a “Making a Difference” award, which included a $500 scholarship and a reserved parking space for a year at the hospital. Her portrait will hang on the hospital’s Nursing Wall of Clinical Excellence, and she will serve as the leader of the Clinical Recognition Council for one year.
“I am privileged to assist our bedside nurses and staff in caring for people during their most vulnerable times,” Prescia says. “I see the unique way Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital cares for people, and I am proud to be a part of this organization.”
Prescia manages cases for a number of patient units, including the Intensive Care Unit, Pediatrics, Special Care Nursery, Mother/Baby and Labor/Delivery. Her role at the hospital is unique because it integrates the clinical, quality and financial aspects of nursing.
As involved as she is at the hospital, Prescia is also very active at her church, St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Mundelein. She and her husband, Joe, have been married for 33 years, live in Hawthorn Woods and have three children and three grandchildren.
The hospital honored nine other nurses with the 2010 Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital Nursing Excellence awards. The winners are as follows:
Quality of Practice – Susan Johnson, RN, CAPA, of Northbrook, Ill. (Post-Anesthesia Care Unit)
Education – Connie Aslaksen, RN, ACM, of Libertyville, Ill. (Case Management)
Professional Practice Evaluation – Anita Davellis, RNC-OB, C-EFM, of Libertyville, Ill. (Labor and Delivery)
Collegiality – Stephanie Risch, RN, of Gurnee, Ill. (Pediatric Inpatient)
Collaboration – Theresa Bacon, BSN, RN, of Niles, Ill. (Pre-Anesthesia Center)
Ethics – Karen Wolbers, RN, of Lake Bluff, Ill. (Extended Care Facility)
Research – Deb Boylan, BSN, RN, of Vernon Hills, Ill. (Home Care)
Resource Utilization – Heather Bledsoe, RN, CCRN, of Gurnee, Ill. (Post-Anesthesia Care Unit)
Leadership – Theresa Bacon, BSN, RN, of Niles, Ill. (Pre-Anesthesia Center)
Helen Sand, BSN, RN, who works in the Intensive Care Unit at Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital, was honored by the Evanston Community Foundation with a scholarship from its Leonard Fisher Fund for Nursing Education. The Leonard Fisher Fund for Nursing Education was established in 2003 and helps nurses at Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital and Highland Park Hospital to expand their knowledge and patient care skills through continuing education, conferences and workshops.
Sand, a resident of Barrington Hills, Ill., has been a nurse for 11 years and is applying her award toward a Train-the-Trainer Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) course to improve her teaching skills as she seeks to educate CNA students.