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McElroy wins Health Care Social Work Leader of the Year award

Grand Island, Neb. — Saint Francis Medical Center Social Work director Cris McElroy was recognized with the Health Care Social Work Leader of the Year award on Oct. 18 at the Nebraska Hospital Association convention at the Cornhusker Marriott Downtown in Lincoln.

Established in 2000, this award recognizes an exceptional Chapter member of the Nebraska Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care (NSSWLHC). The award is focused on recognizing a social work leader from any of the wide range of health care settings in which social work is influential and honors a social work leader in health care who develops and implements creative and innovative ways to improve the delivery of social work services.

About Saint Francis Medical Center

Saint Francis Medical Center is a nonprofit faith-based hospital serving Central Nebraska with state-of-the-art healthcare services. A new patient tower was completed in 2007 with 159 acute-care patient rooms, including the Family Birthing Center, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Intensive Care Unit and a 10-bed inpatient rehabilitation unit. Saint Francis also operates a Cancer Treatment Center in Grand Island and Hastings, a Skilled Care Unit and an alcohol and drug treatment center.

About Catholic Health Initiatives

Saint Francis Medical Center is part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), a national nonprofit health organization with headquarters in Englewood, Colo. The faith-based system operates in 19 states and includes 73 hospitals; 40 long-term care, assisted- and residential-living facilities; two community health-services organizations; two accredited nursing colleges; and home health agencies. In fiscal year 2011, CHI provided more than $612 million in charity care and community benefit, including services for the poor, free clinics, education and research. With annual operating revenues of approximately $9.6 billion, CHI is the nation's third-largest Catholic health care system.