Patrick “PJ” Maloney, a registered nurse in the surgery unit at Decatur Memorial Hospital, is the nonprofit hospital’s Colleague of the Month for April.
Maloney, of Decatur, recently cared for a young college student. A recent college graduate himself, Maloney bonded with the patient and offered comfort and assurance. The patient’s mother wrote to Decatur Memorial Hospital to nominate Maloney for recognition.
The patient’s mother wrote she was surprised to learn Maloney is a “new nurse” because Maloney is “so comfortable and knowledgeable in his work … PJ told me, ‘I love my job!’ He wants to be there, caring for patients. For him, it’s obviously far more than just a paycheck.”
Maloney has worked at Decatur Memorial Hospital since 2019.
As Colleague of the Month, Maloney received a gift card bouquet, one day of paid time off and a preferred parking space.