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Nurse Elected Pres. of Women's Health Organization

Award-Winning Nurse Practitioner to Lead Governance of the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses

WINFIELD, Ill., February 18, 2009 - Central DuPage Hospital (CDH) is proud to announce Kim L. Armour, CNP, APN, RDMS, MSN of Wheaton, has been elected to the office of president of The Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN).

Armour is a certified nurse practitioner in women's health care and perinatology and holds registry as a diagnostic medical sonographer in obstetrics and gynecology, specializing in fetal diagnostics. She is currently manager and nurse practitioner of the Women's Subspecialty Center at CDH. 

Armour assumed the leadership post effective January 1, 2009. "It is an extreme honor to lead an organization that is the nursing authority in the health care of women and newborns," said Armour. "I am very proud of my long-time involvement with AWHONN at the local, state and national levels. I look forward to continuing my role as president to further advance the success of AWHONN and the women and newborns we care for every day."

Armour has been active in AWHONN since 1991. Prior to serving two terms on the AWHONN board of directors, she served as the AWHONN Illinois section chair.  She also has provided leadership on initiatives such as the Federal Bureau of Maternal-Child Health Perinatal & Patient Safety Pilot Collaborative and served as expert faculty for the IHI Perinatal IMPACT teams. Armour speaks nationally on her commitment to reduce maternal mortality. She is affiliated with the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health, Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers and Sigma Theta Tau International.

Armour was awarded the AWHONN National Award of Excellence for Clinical Practice in 2003. Other honors include: the Ruggles Gates Fellowship for Scholarship at the University of Texas at Tyler's Ph.D. program, the March of Dimes Jonas Salk Health Leadership Award, the United States Professional Nurse Trainorship Grant and The Tom Williams, M.D. Nursing & Patient Care Services Award for Volunteerism.

"We are very excited to have someone with Kim's expertise and vision leading AWHONN," said Karen Peddicord, executive director of AWHONN. "Her passion for the nursing profession and the health of women and newborns is a great asset to the work of the association."

Armour is currently pursuing a doctorate in International Nursing/Global Healthcare from the University of Texas at Tyler and holds a M.S. in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Penn, a B.S.N. from Keuka College, Keuka Park, N.Y. and an associate degree in nursing from the College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, Ill. She resides in Wheaton, Ill. with her husband, Larry, and has three sons. Her daughter-in-law, Lindsay Armour, BSN, is an Intensive Care Unit nurse at CDH.

About Central DuPage Hospital

Central DuPage Hospital is a nationally recognized 313-bed facility located in Winfield, Ill., a suburb west of Chicago. CDH is a leading center for surgical innovations and was one of the first institutions in the nation to offer 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.

Recently, CDH was recognized for the second consecutive year by U.S. News & World Report on the list of Best Hospitals in the orthopaedics category.

The hospital is part of an interdependent network of health-care 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 on the CDH medical staff, visit www.cdh.org or call 630-933-4CDH (4234)/ TTY 630-933-4833.

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