Franciscan Health Leader in South Suburban Chicago Earns Mentorship Award
SOUTH SUBURBAN CHICAGO, Illinois - Julie Lopez, DNP, RN, NE-BC, and Chief Nursing Officer at Franciscan Health Olympia Fields and Chicago Heights recently received the Mentorship Award from the Illinois Organization of Nurse Leaders (IONL). Lopez received the award at IONL's annual conference.
The Mentorship Award is presented to an individual who champions positive culture, builds trust and inspires others to always do their absolute best. It is part of a new awards program highlighting outstanding healthcare professionals and their contributions to nursing. IONL launched the awards program this year to commemorate the organization's 40th Anniversary.
In an excerpt of the nomination, Lopez's nominator stated: "As Julie's peer, she has demonstrated to me her passion for accountability. Julie holds herself accountable for details, timelines and action plans. Julie is passionate about nursing as a profession and is proud to be a nurse. Her passion and pride ground her leadership style and decision making. In an era of reformed healthcare, where value is placed on so many metrics, it can be easy to lose track of one's calling to be a nurse. Julie has effortlessly demonstrated her passion and commitment to the profession in all that she does."
Lopez became CNO at Franciscan Health Olympia Fields and Chicago Heights in August. She provides overall nursing leadership and administration of key strategic goals and metrics for patient care, quality, safety and satisfaction.
Prior to joining Franciscan Health, Julie served as the Associate Vice President of Medical Oncology and Cardiology Nursing at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois, and she served as a director of patient care and director of cardiac services at the former St. Francis Hospital in Blue Island, Illinois, and in progressively responsible nursing staff and manager roles at Holy Cross Hospital in Chicago.
Julie has a strong background in clinical operations, service line management and quality initiatives. She is an award-winning leader and mentor with a passion for mentoring nurse leaders. She earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice at Rush University Medical Center College of Nursing in Chicago; Master of Science in Health Service Administration and Bachelor of Science in Health Arts from University of St. Francis, Joliet, Illinois; and Registered Professional Nurse Diploma from Little Company of Mary Hospital School of Nursing, Evergreen Park, Illinois.