Press Release
 May 28, 2014
Shelia Porter (312) 814-3524

State Public Health Department Recognizes Elizabeth “Sue” Emond for Excellence in Pediatric Care

Ron W. Lee, MD Pediatric Care Award – Clinical Excellence

CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Illinois Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) program honored today Elizabeth “Sue” Emond, RN, BSN, TNS, CEN, with a special pediatric care Clinical Excellence 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.

“Sue’s dedication and sincere compassion to pediatric care are evident in her ability to work across administrative lines to ensure patient care is always a top priority,” said IDPH Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck.

Sue is a highly skilled nursing professional with more than 30 years experience in adult and pediatric critical care nursing. She began her career working as a military nurse in the U.S. Army. She later went on to lead one of the first interstate helicopter transport services in the nation. Sue is respected for her direct communication style, as well as her integrity and drive to promote teamwork.

Sue is currently working as a pediatric emergency nurse at Advocate Condell Medical Center. Several years ago as the Pediatric Emergency Team Leader, her leadership and collaboration with pediatric physicians was critical in developing a pediatric emergency service line and opening up the hospital’s nine-bed Pediatric Emergency Department. She was also instrumental in the development of the department’s clinical protocols, staffing models and opportunities for community outreach.

Sue continues to share her knowledge by taking advantage of opportunities that allow her to guide and teach others, oftentimes encouraging the application of evidence-based practices.

“Great leaders like Sue Emond are rare. She is recognized and respected for her compassionate love for her patients and her support for evidence-based best practices,” said Charles Nozicka, DO, FAAP, FAAEM, medical director for Advocate Condell Medical Center. “I have worked alongside Sue taking care of many critically ill children. Her clinical talent is extraordinary. She leads and mentors by her professional example – she absolutely ‘walks the walk.’”

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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