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posted: 12/14/2012 2:06 PM

Nurse named director in Hanover Township

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  • Kristen Smith

    Kristen Smith
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• Registered nurse Kristen Smith was named director of the Office of Community Health by the Hanover Township board of trustees. A resident of Carpentersville, Smith previously worked at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington and Mercy Northwest Women's Group in Lake in the Hills.

She will be responsible for drafting the department's budget, developing educational programs, overseeing the department staff and achieving established goals and outcomes. Last year, the Office of Community Health provided over 1,500 screenings and labs and served over 450 residents at clinics throughout Hanover Township.

• Rolling Meadows High School science teacher Angela Rawal was selected to take part as a Fellow in the 2012-13 National Science Teachers Association's New Science Teacher Academy.

Rawal, who was selected from hundreds of nationwide applicants, will participate in a yearlong professional development program designed to help promote quality science teaching, enhance teacher confidence and classroom excellence and improve teacher content knowledge.

• South Barrington resident William A. Brown was named chief executive officer for West Suburban Medical Center, in Oak Park, and Westlake Hospital, in Melrose Park. Brown has served as Westlake's chief executive officer since July 2011, and will now serve in an expanded role, as leader of both hospitals.

Under Brown's leadership, Westlake has twice been designated a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission and received top ratings for patient safety by Hospital Safety Score. He has led the hospital in growing its Center of Excellence program at the Chicago Center for Bariatric Surgery, expanded rehabilitation and behavioral health services and led the hospital in continuing to provide a comprehensive array of advanced inpatient, outpatient and surgical services.