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Family, hospital staff mourn for Ingleside nurse

Steven Diane Shogren | Facebook photo

Steven and Diane Shogren | Facebook photo

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Updated: March 8, 2014 6:23AM

Diane Shogren’s family and the Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital community were still trying to cope with the sudden death of the 27-year nurse on Thursday, a day after she died from being struck by a snowplow in the hospital parking lot.

“She worked in day surgery. She was the one to prepare the patients for surgery. She would educate them about what was going to happen and start their IV,” said Steven Shogren, Diane’s husband of 26 years.

“The biggest thing is she was very good at her job. She made the patients comfortable.”

She had just arrived to work at the Barrington hospital about 5:30 a.m. Wednesday when a snowplow driven by a fellow hospital employee reversed into her. An autopsy found that Shogren died from multiple injuries.

The 51-year-old from Ingleside is survived by her husband and their three children: Jordan, 23; Tyler, 21; and Jessica, 29.

Shogren started at the hospital in 1987. She was most recently working in surgery and previously served in the oncology department.

Originally from Lockport, Shogren graduated from Lockport Township High School East. She studied at Northern Illinois University where she received her bachelor of science in nursing.

“We were both Huskies,” Steven Shogren said. “She loved to play golf. We liked to go camping and golfing, and bowling and volleyball. We did all those thing together.”

“Unfortunately yesterday I lost my beautiful wife and best friend. We will all miss her dearly. I want to say thank you to all friends, family, and others for your support and kind words,” Steven Shogren wrote on his Facebook page late Thursday afternoon.

The hospital made counselors and chaplains available Thursday to staff and Shogren’s family.

“She’s worked in different areas throughout the hospital,” said Lisa O’Neil, the hospital’s director of public affairs and marketing. “The associates are mourning and are trying to focus on taking care of the patients.”

The Rev. Fred Rajan, the hospital’s vice president for mission and spiritual care, said Shogren was a longtime and well-respected Good Shepherd employee.

“She has contributed significantly to the health and well-being of the ministry and the hospital,” he said during a brief press conference at the hospital Wednesday evening.

The mystery of exactly what happened to Shogren during the near white-out conditions in the parking lot around 5:30 a.m. remains as investigators have said the red Ford F-450 truck’s cab lights were working along with the beeper warning system when the truck is backing up. The rear lights that turn on when it is in reverse were also working, officials said.

“She got backed over,” Lake County Coroner Dr. Thomas Rudd said. “She had multiple traumatic injuries.”

Rudd said Shogren had broken ribs, pelvic bones, a skull fracture and a spinal column injury.

“She also had a lot of skin contusions,” he said.

Investigators don’t know if she slipped and fell as the truck was backing up or she just didn’t see it, Rudd said.

“She had no history of seizures,” he said. “Sometimes the monotony of a flashing light can trigger a seizure,” which could prevent someone from being able to move out of the way.

There have been no charges filed in the case and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Technical Crash Investigations Unit is still investigating. There is no indication foul play was a factor.

The male driver also is an employee of the hospital, located at 450 Route 22. The hospital also has launched an investigation.

Services for Shogren will be held Sunday, Feb. 9, at Justen Funeral Homes, 3700 W. Charles J. Miller Road, McHenry. Visitation is from 3 to 7 p.m. with a service to follow.

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