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Nurses comfort, care, educate, console, build relationships, attach affection, and provide guidance and assistance. They are in the foreground when we are sick; their immense professional responsibilities, their tireless efforts and their endless commitment. They are the heart and soul of medical facilities, including residential care, hospitals, clinics, doctor’s offices, schools, home care and more.
To celebrate National Nurses Week, May 6-12, 2019, The Times Media Co.; Title sponsor, Methodist Hospitals; Sponsors present Franciscan Health; Community health system; Northwest Indiana Association of Visiting Nurses; Subaru / Mitsubishi Castle; University of St. Francis – Crown Point; Indiana University-Northwest; and Pinnacle Hospital, show our true appreciation for area nurses with appointments and assessments, section and planned events.
It’s a way to say thank you to your nurses! This competition was launched by asking the public to nominate nursing professionals who have had an impact on their lives, that of their loved ones and that of the community. The result was 288 nominations. From there, our panel of five independent judges – Giles Bruce, Maria Chicchelly, Marie D. Forszt, Marsha King and Jennifer Philbin – reviewed the nominations and selected nine winners. The tenth was chosen by our readers. Read about each winner here and online at nwitimes.com/nurses.
Giles Bruce, Health Journalist, The Times of Northwest Indiana
As a reporter for The Times and co-editor of Get Healthy magazine, Giles Bruce has reported extensively on healthcare in Northwest Indiana for 4.5 years. He interviewed countless health professionals in the Region during this time, including nurses. He has worked intensively to highlight and find solutions to critical health issues in the Region, such as infant mortality and opioid dependence, promoted a physically active lifestyle and analyzed the healthcare sector and its impact. on health outcomes. In doing so, he received a scholarship provided by the Center for Health Journalism at the University of Southern California, which allowed Bruce to expand his research on child mortality beyond the region and find out. His investigative reporting revealed a wider range of causes than public health officials would recognize, including environmental pollution and limited access to healthy food, medical care and transportation in many areas. many communities in Indiana.
Bruce, who holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northern Illinois University, also wrote about health in his previous journal, Journal-World in Lawrence, Kan. 25 leading US journalism professionals under 35 plus a Chicago Headline Club Lisagor Award for Best Health Reporting. When not working, he enjoys exercising, practicing yoga, reading and spending time with his two young daughters.
Maria Chicchelly, Assistant Vice President, Patient Care Services, Methodist Hospitals
Maria Chicchelly, who holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Mount Mercy University, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Resurrection University, Chicago; and an MBA from Loyola University, Chicago, recently accepted the position of Assistant Vice President, Patient Care at Northlake in Methodist Hospitals.
An accomplished nurse leader, Chicchelly has over 20 years of clinical and management experience in acute medical / surgical care, women’s health, and inpatient / ambulatory behavioral health. She was Director of Nursing and Director of Patient Care Services at Presence Health – St. Joseph Hospital in Chicago.
Marie D. Forszt, Vice President, Marketing and Corporate Communications, Community Foundation of Northwest Indiana, Community Healthcare System
Marie D. Forszt, MPA, RHIA, has 30 years of healthcare management experience in areas such as health information, service line development, operational management, cardiovascular research and marketing and community relations. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Medical Records Administration from Indiana University-Purdue University School of Medicine and a Masters of Public Administration from Indiana University. Starting his professional career at the Community Hospital, Forszt most recently served as Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Communications for the Community Foundation of Northwest Indiana, overseeing marketing, patient experience and more.
A member of the American Health Information Management Association and the Society for Healthcare Strategy & Market Development, Forszt also sits on the board of directors of the Community Cancer Research Foundation. She and her husband, Tony, and their two sons live in Munster. She enjoys spending time with her family, attending her boys’ sports activities, hiking and reading.
Marsha King, Dean of St. Francis University, Crown Point Campus; associate professor, University of Saint-François
Marsha King, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, CNE, received her Associate, Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Nursing from Purdue University Northwest and her Doctorate in Nursing Practice in Systems Leadership from the Rush University. She also holds a master’s degree in business administration. Certified as an Advanced Executive Nurse and Certified Nurse Educator, King has extensive experience in leadership roles in clinical, administrative and academic environments, as well as 21 years of experience as a Chief Nurse.
A member of the Indiana State Board of Nursing and chairman for four years, King’s work on high fidelity simulation in a nursing education setting was recently published. She received the 2016 Sagamore of the Wabash, Northwest Indiana Influential Women in Education Award and most recently the 2017 Athena Award, for Women’s Leadership and Mentorship. She is a member of the leadership team of Go Red for Women and a member of the board of directors of the Lake County American Heart Association. She also sits on the advisory board of the regional health education center. She volunteers at Holy Spirit Catholic Church and sits on the parish finance committee. She also lectures on a variety of topics at the local, regional and national levels.
Jennifer Philbin, Dean of Nursing, Ivy Tech Community College
Jennifer Philbin, MSN, RN, received her BA from Lewis University in 1996 and her MA from Southern University in 2009. She has been an academic for over 15 years in the LPN and RN programs. in Illinois and Indiana. In her current role as Dean of the Ivy Tech School of Nursing, Philbin has overseen the LPN, RN and LPN to RN educational streams for the Ivy Tech Lake County Campus for the past 4 years.
Philbin has also worked in several areas of nursing including medicine / surgery, palliative care, home care and organ harvesting. However, her passion remains at the Community College to provide quality nursing education to the region. She is also an ambassador for the National League for Nursing, a nursing education organization.
Philbin lives in St. John with her husband, Patrick, and their four children.
Nurses: The Heart of Health Care is published by The Times of Northwest Indiana Marketing Team.