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Loyola RN receives nursing excellence award

Tuesday June 24, 2014
Deborah Dore, RN
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Deborah Dore, RN, was named Loyola University Health System’s Fanchon Knight Nurse of the Year during its annual Nursing Excellence Award Ceremony on May 7, according to a news release.

Dore was honored for the care she provides to patients of Loyola and the community. She has worked as a nurse in Loyola Outpatient Center’s urology clinic in Maywood, Ill., for more than six years.

“I am honored and blessed to have been chosen as Loyola University Health System’s Fanchon Knight Nurse of the Year,” Dore said in an email statement. “I am humbled by this acknowledgement and was completely surprised by the award.”

Dore’s community service work has taken her to Mexico, where she traveled into the mountains to provide medical care to people who did not have access to it. She volunteers at camps for two weeks at a time every summer where she cares for physically and developmentally disabled children. In addition, Dore spends countless evenings going to homes of others to cook a meal, to help in the home and to bring companionship when needed. She also has sponsored a child and provided necessary care, educational and play items.

“Deborah’s care and concern go far beyond the walls of Loyola and the community of patients and co-workers she has contact with every day,” Urology Clinical Coordinator Barbara Devereux, RN, BSN, CURN, who nominated Dore for the award, said in the release. “Those she has reached out to, wherever they may be, have felt her love and have been touched by her care.

“This nurse spends her vacations helping others. I often wonder when she ever rests.”

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 died in December 2005 after working at Loyola for nearly 30 years. At the time of her death, she was working with head and neck cancer patients in the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center.

Several other nurses were recognized at the awards ceremony for being clinical experts, leaders, innovators, patient advocates, community servants, mentors, role models or skilled advanced practitioners. The following is a list of other award winners: Mary Lomma, RN — role model/team player; Minnie Mathew-Thomas, RN — community contributor; Dee Matz, RN — innovator; Donna Mitchell, APN — APN award; Kathy Pryzbyl, RN — nurse leader; Teresa Rasmussen, RN — coach mentor; Shannon Tadel, RN — patient advocate; Karen Thomas, RN — clinical expert; and Candice Zavala, RN — role model/team player.


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