Transformational Gift from St. Charles Family Establishes Nursing Education Fund at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage and Delnor Hospitals
Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital July 17, 2017
“Nurses are crucial and irreplaceable in the delivery of medicine,” said Robyn Flinn, a retired nurse who worked in the Intensive and Coronary Care Units at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. “Nurses are on the front lines every day, shaping the patients’ experiences and outcomes. So, it is mission of nurses to ensure that every patient has the opportunity to reach his or her greatest health potential while under our care and after discharge. The responsibility is immense, and the reward is immeasurable. To be the best, we have to continually seek new knowledge, innovations and best care practices and research.”
The gift is directly related to improving patient care, as over a dozen independent studies collected by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing proves that baccalaureate-prepared nurses are best prepared to provide the highest standard of care for today’s patients. Hospitals with high numbers of baccalaureate-prepared nurses show improved patient outcomes in crucial areas such as lower 30-day mortality rates and lower rates of medication errors.
Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital Senior Vice President and Chief Nurse Executive Deb O’Donnell and Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital Vice President and Chief Nurse Executive Corinne Haviley were recently honored at an investiture ceremony and were bestowed Northwestern Medicine medallions by Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital President Brian Lemon and Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital President Maureen Bryant.
“The Flinns’ gift will provide numerous opportunities to advance nursing at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage and Delnor Hospitals. Our nurses will have access to the resources needed to achieve advanced degrees and specialty certifications, perform research, and develop and implement innovations in nursing practice. All of these advancements not only benefit the individual nurse but support our organizational mission and vision and ultimately positively impact our patients and their families,” says O’Donnell.
“This gift will help open the door for our nurses to create new paths of innovation in nursing and contribute to our colleagues who are advancing their careers,” says Haviley. “In a broader perspective, our goal is to support our bedside nursing staff to obtain advanced degrees to teach in our nursing curricula part-time so that we can recruit and retain talented nurses who desire to live and work in their communities. It is a dream to be opening the doors to creativity and advancement of our teams.”
With long-lasting ties to the Northwestern Medicine, Patrick and Robyn Flinn were instrumental in supporting the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Cancer Center Delnor. Patrick Flinn is a former member of the Delnor Foundation, Cadence Health and Northwestern Memorial HealthCare boards of directors, and Robyn Flinn was the recipient of a scholarship from the Delnor Auxiliary that helped her pursue a degree in nursing.
“With this gift, Robyn and I aim to place Northwestern Medicine on the vanguard of nursing leadership, and to accelerate its growth toward becoming the national leader in the highest quality patient care. Ultimately, we hope to improve, in perpetuity, the practice of nursing far and wide,” said Patrick Flinn.