Nurse of the Year 2016: Erin Mahoney, APN | Loyola Medicine
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Erin Mahoney, APN, Named Loyola’s Nurse of the Year

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.

About Loyola Medicine and Trinity Health

Loyola Medicine, a member of Trinity Health, is a quaternary care system based in the western suburbs of Chicago that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services from 1,877 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital in Maywood that includes the William G. and Mary A. Ryan Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, Illinois's largest burn center, a certified comprehensive stroke center and a children’s hospital. Having delivered compassionate care for over 50 years, Loyola also trains the next generation of caregivers through its teaching affiliation with Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Gottlieb is a 247-licensed-bed community hospital in Melrose Park with 150 physician offices, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park. MacNeal Hospital is a 374-bed teaching hospital in Berwyn with advanced inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and psychiatric services, advanced diagnostics and treatments. MacNeal has a 12-bed acute rehabilitation unit, a 25-bed inpatient skilled nursing facility, and a 68-bed behavioral health program and community clinics. MacNeal has provided quality, patient-centered care to the near west suburbs since 1919.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic healthcare systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 94 hospitals, as well as 109 continuing care locations that include PACE programs, senior living facilities and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually. Based in Livonia, Mich., and with annual operating revenues of $18.3 billion and assets of $26.2 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity employs about 133,000 colleagues, including 7,800 employed physicians and clinicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity is known for its focus on the country's aging population. As a single, unified ministry, the organization is the innovator of Senior Emergency Departments, the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services—ranked by number of visits—in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of available programs.