As patient care manager of the Pediatric Acute Care and Pediatric Intermediate Care units at Children’s Hospital of Illinois at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Allison Paul is responsible for the recruitment and support of a multidisciplinary team to care for hospitalized children, overseeing day-to-day operations and establishing the future vision for these areas.
Starting out in the Pediatric Intermediate Unit, she has served as a bedside nurse, a preceptor who trains others, and a charge nurse leading the unit for her shift. Not long after, she was selected for Six Sigma Black Belt training and went on to become a master black belt, mentoring and supervising other black belts.
In 2010, Paul was selected to manage the Pediatric Acute Care Unit, and a year later, added oversight of the Pediatric Intermediate Care Unit to her responsibilities. She is a strong role model for staff, demonstrating how to interact with others to reach a common purpose, and helping all to join together to support and live the mission of Children’s Hospital and the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis.
Outside of work, Paul is a member of the Peoria Area Regional Council for Make-A-Wish, providing medical support and outreach and helping to ensure that all eligible children are granted a wish. She is an academic on-site supervisor at Illinois Wesleyan University, working to provide an academic-community partnership between IWU and Children’s Hospital, and has participated in the Children’s Miracle Network phone drive and John Riley’s Radiothon for Kids.
Paul has served as adjunct faculty in Bradley University’s Department of Nursing, Methodist College of Nursing and the School of Nursing at Illinois Wesleyan. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the Honor Society of Nursing, and is currently enrolled in the Doctoral of Nursing Practice program at Rush University.
Whether tackling a business issue or comforting the children under her care, Paul touches lives while continually working to improve the cost-effectiveness and quality of healthcare. iBi