2001 Nurses of the Year


Lois Means, RN, OCN
Lois is a Hematology nurse for the Rush Cancer Institute's Consultants at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center. She treats and administers chemotherapy, blood transfusions, and intravenous drugs to leukemia, lymphoma and MDS patients. Strongly nominated by a colleague, Lois' 'treatment' of patients goes far beyond and above the technical skill she so expertly administers.

"Lois is a listener, a soother, a shoulder to lean on, and a wealth of strength to patients in dire situations. Many patients travel great distances in order to be under her care despite more convenient treatment centers available to them. She possesses a strength of intelligence, skill, complete thoroughness and follow-through, and the ability to remain poised under the most emergent and stressful conditions."

- Stephanie A. Gregory, MD
Director of the Section of Hematology


Jane Frugo, RN

Jane is a clinical nurse specialist for the oncology unit at Lutheran General Hospital. She has 12 years of experience in the areas of Oncology, including Medical, Gynecology, Hematology, Radiation Oncology, Bone Marrow Transplant, and Research. Jane currently works as a mentor to guide oncology nurses who aspire to provide the level of care which has defined the standards at the hospital.

"From the patients admitted for a brief stay to those who are here for weeks at a time, Jane always forms a special bond and provides these patients and families with education and emotional support in a time when they are most vulnerable but most needy of this special attention. Jane has coped with the most difficult situations in oncology nursing with a sense of caring and dedication rarely seen to this degree even in this field."