Press Release
 May 27, 2014
Shelia Porter (312) 814-3524

State Public Health Department Recognizes Harriet Hawkins for Excellence in Pediatric Care

Ron W. Lee, MD Pediatric Care Award – Lifetime Achievement

CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Illinois Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) program honors Harriet Hawkins, RN, CCRN, CPN, CPEN, FAEN, with a special pediatric care Lifetime Achievement award for her contributions to childhood care. The Ron W. Lee, MD – Excellence in Pediatric Care Awards are given annually by IDPH and EMSC to recognize those dedicated to pediatric emergency care and childhood injury prevention initiatives. Individuals or organizations can be nominated in one of three award categories - Lifetime Achievement, Clinical Excellence and Community Service.

“Harriet’s dedication and sincere compassion to pediatric care is evident in her relentless drive to achieve the highest levels of quality in patient care, education, and volunteerism,” said IDPH Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck.

Harriet has worked in the field of nursing for 45 years and is an expert in the field of pediatric nursing, where she has served for the past 32 years. Since 1982, Harriet has worked in various departments and roles at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, Chicago, including the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, member of the Neonatal/Pediatric Transport Team and Clinical Nurse Educator. She is viewed as an advocate for children and has helped to increase public attention and action at the highest levels by creating evidence-based changes. Harriet maintains over a dozen professional pediatric certifications, and her work in improving pediatric resuscitation has been recognized by leading experts in the field. She has recently traveled to both Haiti and El Salvador to educate traditional birth attendants, nursery nurses and other healthcare practitioners on neonatal and pediatric education. In addition, Harriet donates time to work in the medical tents at various community events.

“Harriet Hawkin’s entire nursing career has been devoted to improving the care that is given to our smallest of patients,” said Vicki Bacidore, RN, MSN, ACNP-BC, CEN, TNS, Loyola University, Chicago, and President, Illinois Emergency Nurses Association. “Her passionate and selfless work continues to improve pediatric care. She created a legacy for all nurses who love the art and science of pediatric nursing.”

The Ron W. Lee, MD Excellence in Pediatric Care awards are presented each May. Dr. Lee was the director of emergency medicine at Loyola University Medical Center and was instrumental in establishing and fostering the EMSC program in Illinois. He passed away in 1998.

The Illinois EMSC program is a collaborative effort of IDPH and Loyola University Medical Center. It was established in 1994 to ensure the emergency medical care needs of children are adequately addressed.

IDPH continues to implement its Five Year Strategy 2014-2018 to maximize IDPH’s effectiveness, influence and value for promoting wellness, health equity, safety and improved health outcomes. Strategic plan priorities include developing and expanding partnerships; improving data utilization; reducing health disparities; improving regulatory compliance; and branding, marketing and communicating IDPH’s value.

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