Kathleen L. Grady, RN, PhD, Receives Coeur d'Or Award from the American Heart Association
Each year, one outstanding medical professional is chosen by his or her peers to be the Chicago Heart Ball medical honoree. Nominations are open to the American Heart Association's partners and volunteers, and the public at large. The honoree is chosen by a committee of past honorees and AHA volunteer leadership. This award is called the Coeur d'Or (French for "Heart of Gold").
Kathleen L. Grady RN, PhD, has been chosen as the 2009 Medical Coeur d'Or recipient for this year's Chicago Heart Ball. Dr. Grady is an exceptionally accomplished clinician, educator and researcher. She is an actively practicing nurse, and she serves as the administrative director of the Center for Heart Failure at Northwestern Memorial Hospital's Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute. She has initiated and directed the heart transplantation programs in three academic medical centers in the Chicago area, and she has educated hundreds of nurses on caring for heart failure and heart transplant patients. Dr. Grady has implemented an internationally respected program of research on quality of life outcomes for cardiovascular disease patients, and her program has led to better care methods for patients suffering from end-stage heart failure.
Dr. Grady's contributions to the American Heart Association are nothing short of extraordinary. She is chairperson of the Illinois Advocacy Committee, a fellow of the American Heart Association and past chair of the AHA's Council on Cardiovascular Nursing, just to name a few. She performs each of her roles with an enthusiasm and a dedication that is unparalleled.