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CDH Nurse Receives Health Leadership Award

CENTRAL DUPAGE HOSPITAL NURSE PRACTITIONER KIM ARMOUR RECEIVES AWARD FROM MARCH OF DIMES

Jonas Salk Health Leadership Award to be presented to CDH Manager of Maternal-Fetal Services

Winfield, Ill., August 3, 2005 – Kim L. Armour, C.N.P, A.P.N., R.D.M.S., M.S.N., of Wheaton is the 2005 recipient of the Jonas Salk Health Leadership Award in Nursing, presented by the March of Dimes.  Armour, who is a nurse practitioner and manager of maternal-fetal services for Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, will receive the award on September 28 at the Jonas Salk Health Leadership Award Luncheon to be held at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

The organization described Armour as “a lifelong advocate for pregnant women, especially those with high-risk pregnancies.  Ms. Armour builds close bonds with patients and their families to help relieve the stress that is experienced in high-risk pregnancies.  She is a role model for new nurses, an advocate for patients, and a great colleague.”

 “We at Central DuPage Hospital are proud that Ms. Armour is being recognized for her dedication to our community and high level of professionalism,” said Luke McGinness, president and chief executive officer of Central DuPage Hospital.  “Her drive for excellence continues to be an inspiration for those who work with her.”

The March of Dimes established the Leadership Awards eight years ago to recognize a distinguished group of maternal and child health leaders. The award is named in honor of Dr. Jonas Salk who developed the polio vaccine with funding and support from the March of Dimes.

Honorees for the Leadership Awards are nominated by their peers and then chosen from a committee of past honorees and community leaders.  Armour is the first nominee from Central DuPage Hospital.

Armour received her master’s of science in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania, bachelor’s of science in nursing from Keuka College in Keuka Park, N.Y.  and associate’s degree in nursing from the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Ill.  She is an Editorial Advisory Board member of ADVANCE for Nurses publication.  Armour has written extensively on the subject of maternal and fetal health, and has led dozens of community and professional education seminars on the subject. She received a National Award of Excellence for Clinical Practice in 2003 from the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN).

Central DuPage Hospital is a nationally-recognized, 361-bed facility located in Winfield, Ill., a suburb of Chicago.  A new four-story, more than 100,000-square-feet Women and Children’s Pavilion opened in 2004, housing a state-of-the-art Birthing Center, Newborn Nursery, 36 postpartum private suites, and amenities including valet parking, bellhops, room service, flat screen TVs and Internet access.  Designated a Level III hospital, one of the state’s highest designation for obstetrical and neonatal care, the Pavilion is well-equipped to care for mothers with high-risk pregnancies and premature, low birth weight or ill infants.

A new, Ambulatory Services Pavilion, designed in partnership with physicians, and located in the center of the CDH campus, opened in July, 2005, housing medical offices and advanced outpatient services.

Central DuPage Hospital is part of an interdependent network of healthcare organizations and services, including convenient care centers, occupational health services, and a full range of options for senior living, home health and hospice care.  For additional information, please visit www.cdh.org.