MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. -- Judy McAvoy of Mount Kisco Medical Group (MKMG) was awarded the Top Nurse of the Year award by Hudson Valley Magazine.
McAvoy was one of 72 members of the nursing profession who were recipients of the 2014 annual Excellence in Nursing Awards. The top 20 nurses were then chosen by a committee of medical professionals and editors.
McAvoy, a registered nurse and internationally board certified lactation consultant, was recognized not only as a top 20 nurse, but also awarded the prestigious 2014 Top Nurse of the Year award.
With more than 40 years of experience in pediatric and maternal-child nursing, McAvoy joined MKMG in 2009 as the pediatric nurse manager. She brought with her certifications in childbirth education, maternal newborn nursing, and perinatal bereavement counseling. She offers new mothers monthly instructional classes on breastfeeding.
Throughout McAvoy's career she has volunteered hours of services to many community and professional organizations. She is a long standing volunteer in her community for Women’s Domestic Violence: 24 Hour Hotline, actively taking shifts on the hotline to assist women with domestic violence issues.
In addition to managing the Pediatric Department at MKMG, McAvoy has been an active leader and board member of the Hands Up for Haiti organization. Since the organization's inception in 2010, McAvoy has led more than a dozen trips to Haiti; where teams of volunteers teach parents and health-care providers about clinical nursing, lactation consulting, education on breastfeeding, as well as infant and child resuscitation training. In addition to these responsibilities she also oversees the procurement and inventory control of medications, equipment and supplies for the organization.