Newswise — MAYWOOD, ILThe American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL) has awarded Jennifer M. Grenier, DNP, CNML, CENP, assistant chief nursing officer at Loyola Medicine's MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn, IL, with the Pamela Austin Thompson Early Careerist Award.

The award is given annually to an AONL or AONL Foundation program alumnus “who exhibits significant potential as a future health care leader and demonstrates exemplary leadership within his or her organization, community, and the nursing profession,” according to the AONL news release.

“Jennifer Grenier is an exceptional nurse who has accomplished a great deal in her decade as a health care leader in an academic setting,” says Kathleen Mikos, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, MacNeal Hospital chief nursing officer. “We are thrilled to have Jennifer on our staff, and we congratulate her on receiving this prestigious award.” 

Grenier received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Milliken University and her Master of Science in Nursing from Lewis University. Jennifer received her Doctorate of Nursing Practice in system leadership from Rush University. She the past president of the Illinois Organization of Nurse Leaders.

Grenier and other award recipients will be honored during the AONL annual meeting, March 19-21, in Nashville, Tennessee.

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About Loyola Medicine and Trinity Health

Loyola Medicine, a member of Trinity Health, is a quaternary care system based in Chicago's western suburbs that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services from more than 1,800 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital in Maywood that includes the William G. & Mary A. Ryan Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, Illinois's largest burn center, a certified comprehensive stroke center and a children’s hospital. Having delivered compassionate care for more than 50 years, Loyola also trains the next generation of caregivers through its academic affiliation with Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Gottlieb is a 247-licensed-bed community hospital in Melrose Park with 180 physician offices, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research facility at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center. MacNeal Hospital is a 374-licensed-bed teaching hospital in Berwyn with advanced inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and psychiatric services, including acute rehabilitation, an inpatient skilled nursing facility and a 68-bed behavioral health program and community clinics. MacNeal has provided quality, patient-centered care to the near west suburbs since 1919. For more information, visit

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 92 hospitals, as well as 106 continuing care locations that include PACE programs, senior living facilities, and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2 million visits annually. Based in Livonia, Mich., and with annual operating revenues of $19.3 billion and assets of $27 billion, the organization returns $1.2 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity Health employs about 129,000 colleagues, including about 7,500 employed physicians and clinicians.


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