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Ceremony honors University of St. Francis alumni leaders

Thursday December 5, 2013
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At a special awards ceremony on Nov. 2 at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Ill., five USF alumni were recognized for excellence in their fields and service to the community as well as to the university. Two nurses were among those recognized.

The Presidential Alumna of the Year Award was given to Candice Rosen, RN, BS, MSW, CHC. According to a news release, Rosen has spent her life’s work focused on improving the wellness of her clients and her community. Her experiences as a clinical therapist and as a nurse have given her a unique perspective on nutrition counseling.

As the founding member of Gilda’s Club Chicago and its first executive director and program director, Rosen created and coordinated an array of wellness-related programming. Now as chairwoman of Healthcare Initiatives for Chicago’s Sister Cities International Program, she works to advocate preventive medicine, increase maternal and infant healthcare, improve disability access, promote nourishing diets and bring awareness to the obesity and diabetes epidemics that now affect populations worldwide.

The originator and director of the Pancreatic Nutritional Program, Rosen aims to educate the general public as to the crucial role the pancreas plays in overall health, wellness and maintaining an optimal weight. She was inspired to write her second book, “The Pancreatic Oath,” based on her many clients with conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, metabolic syndrome, polycystic ovarian syndrome and kidney disease.

The Leach College of Nursing Award was given to Jacqueline Edmonson, RN, MS, BS. Edmonson is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society and is the retired director for surgical services for Presence St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet.

According to the release, Edmonson has a wealth of experience as a leader and clinical expert in the areas of critical care, surgical services and women’s and children’s health. Throughout her career at the medical center, she has provided leadership in each of the aforementioned areas. She has led several initiatives to enhance the medical center’s professional practice by guiding the nursing division in the areas of education, regulatory body compliance and accreditation through The Joint Commission. She has participated in the Ethics Committee at the medical center, providing support and leadership in decisions affecting the poor and underserved in the community.


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