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2008: Oncology Nurse Receives Award for Clinical Excellence
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Oncology Nurse Receives Award for Clinical Excellence


(Left to right) - Dr. Rhonda Williams (wife of the late Dr. Tom Williams) and their daughter, Christine. Lena DeJohn, Dr. John Born, president of the medical staff at Central DuPage Hospital.

WINFIELD, Ill., August 6, 2008 - Lena DeJohn has been nominated by her peers to receive the third annual Dr. Tom Williams Peer Award for Clinical Excellence at Central DuPage Hospital (CDH). DeJohn was one of seven nurses recognized by peers for leadership, volunteerism or clinical excellence at a celebratory event concluding Nurses' Week 2008.

Any full- or part-time nurse or patient care services employee of Central DuPage Hospital is eligible to be nominated for the Dr. Tom Williams Peer Award for Clinical Excellence. Individuals receiving this award, in the opinion of their nominators, bring exemplary clinical skills to the patient's bedside. Blind nominations are reviewed by a committee of medical staff leadership and nursing directors. Honorees receive a cash prize and a plaque to recognize their achievement.

A portion of DeJohn's nomination read, "Lena is always helping others, not only thinking of her own patients, but of the unit as a whole. She works as a team player; I've always looked up to her."

A staff nurse working with cancer patients, she takes extra time to participate in oncology programs, clinical education committees and advancement projects for nurses at CDH.

DeJohn holds an Associate of Science in Biochemistry and an Advanced Degree in Nursing from J Sterling Morton College, and in May 2008, she completed her RN-BSN degree at Aurora University while working full time nights. 

A Wheaton resident, DeJohn is active on the ministry of helps committee at Word of Life Church in Elmhurst. She is the single mother of four and the very proud grandmother of one.

About the Dr. Tom Williams Award
These awards were created as a tribute to and remembrance of Thomas Williams M.D., general surgeon and former medical staff president. Throughout his professional career Dr. Williams made a special point to acknowledge and praise the nurses and caregivers of CDH. It is the hope of the present medical staff that the exuberant spirit that was embodied by Dr. Williams will live on through this recognition.

About Central DuPage Hospital
Central DuPage Hospital is a nationally recognized 313-bed facility located in Winfield, Illinois, a suburb west of Chicago. It is a leading center for surgical innovations and was one of the first institutions in the nation to offer minimally invasive heart surgery, robotic-assisted surgery, minimally invasive spine surgery with bio-engineered bone protein and was the first Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in DuPage County.

The 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 more information or to find a doctor, visit www.cdh.org or call (630) 933-4CDH.