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Saint Francis Hospital Director of Patient Care Services and Magnet Program Coordinator Lydia Dacenko-Grawe is the recipient of Nursing Spectrum’s 2012 Advancing and Leading the Profession regional award. The award recognizes Ms. Dacenko-Grawe’s extraordinary contributions to the nursing field in the greater Chicago area.

Saint Francis Hospital earned Magnet status in 2010, and under Ms. Dacenko-Grawe’s guidance, the hospital continues to exceed in quality and educational criteria outlined by the Magnet program.

One of Ms. Dacenko-Grawe’s latest initiatives involved creating and promoting the use of Saint Francis Hospital’s multidisciplinary clinical simulation lab. This lab is utilized by the nursing staff for annual competency sessions and nursing orientation and is available to the students from seven nursing schools that complete their clinical practicum at Saint Francis.  

 “In a way, I feel a little selfish, because [the nursing staff] all deserve awards for everything that we’ve accomplished together,” Ms. Dacenko-Grawe said. “I work with them every day. I see how much they put into everything we do.”