ROCKFORD, Illinois – SwedishAmerican is pleased to announce that it had two registered nurses named to this year’s Illinois Nurses Foundation 40 Under 40 Emerging Nurse Leaders in Illinois list.

Ashley Pond, a nurse educator at SwedishAmerican, and John Patterson, manager of cardiac progressive care, were nominated and recognized for their outstanding leadership in the nursing profession by their peers. 

The 40 under 40 awards recognize 40 nurses in Illinois younger than 40 who are impacting healthcare and the nursing profession today and who undoubtedly shape the future of the profession.

“We’re extremely proud to have these two outstanding nurses recognized for their hard work and dedication,” said Ann Gantzer, vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer at SwedishAmerican. “Nurses are the heartbeat of healthcare. Their knowledge, input and compassion are vital as we implement best practice to give our patients the very best care possible.”

The 40 nurse leaders will be honored at an awards celebration on September 12 in Lisle.

More information:

For more information on the 40 Under 40 Emerging Nurse Leader Awards visit illinoisnurses.foundation.

About SwedishAmerican:

A division of UW Health, SwedishAmerican is dedicated to providing excellence in healthcare and compassionate care to the community. The organization serves residents of 12 counties in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin through a dedicated and caring staff, a major acute care hospital and a free-standing outpatient cancer center in Rockford, a medical center in Belvidere, a network of 30 primary care and multi-specialty clinics, and the region’s largest home healthcare agency. Additionally, SwedishAmerican has achieved Magnet® recognition as a reflection of its nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care. Visit swedishamerican.org for more information.