MAYWOOD, IL – Lung transplant administrator Erin Mahoney, APN, was named Loyola University Health System’s Fanchon Knight Nurse of the Year during its annual excellence ceremony on Wednesday, May 11.
Mahoney, of Bloomingdale, has served many roles on the lung transplant team, including procurement coordinator, post-transplant coordinator, nurse practitioner and now transplant administrator.
“She does not treat her current position as means of separating herself from the RNs she supervises,” said fellow nurse Erica Dixon, RN, who nominated Mahoney for the recognition. “Instead, she sees the opportunity to help us.”
Mahoney ran the 2016 Hustle Up the Hancock with Loyola transplant patients and has been instrumental in keeping the transplant program in compliance with various governing bodies. Dixon noted Mahoney’s clinical work with patients while multi-tasking as an administrator.
“She reminds us of where we've been, where we are, and where we headed,” Dixon said. “She expects excellence from her staff, but returns excellence to those very employees.”
The Fanchon Knight Nurse of the Year Award was established by Knight’s family to support nursing practice and education. Knight was a beloved nurse who passed away in December 2005, after working at Loyola for nearly 30 years in a variety of roles. At the time of her death, she was caring for head and neck cancer patients in the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center.
Several other nurses were recognized at the awards ceremony, including:
- Jennifer Terrazas – Coach/Mentor
- Barbara Pudelek – Nurse Leader
- Sue Hoard – Clinical Expert
- Antonette Yunker – Team Player
- Janice Montague – Team Player
- Christy Brave – Innovator
- Ellen Milad – Community Contributor
- Ann McClafferty – Patient Advocate
- Ann Marie Burke – Role Model
- Paula Hindle – Lifetime Achievement Award
Among the milestones celebrated at the event, over 80 percent of Loyola nurses hold a BSN – the only hospital in the Trinity Health System with that claim while nearly 5,000 hours were recorded in nursing education courses. Employee engagement and patient experience scores are also on the rise.