News | Published July 11, 2012

Judy Pleskonko, emergency department nurse, chosen as one of Central Pennsylvania's heroes

Judy Pleskonko, RN, BSN, a nurse in Mount Nittany Medical Center's emergency department and chief deputy coroner for Centre County, was nominated by Kasandra Botti, DO, emergency medicine, and chosen to participate in Central PA 4th Fest Parade of Heroes.

"America's Got Heroes" Parade of Heroes was a new feature added to Central PA 4th Fest this year to publicly thank and recognize the heroes of Central Pennsylvania.

Pleskonko is an advocate for women in the area and volunteers her time to important issues. She works closely with the Women's Resource Center to educate nurses and police officers on how to deal with abuse cases.

Aside from being a nurse in the emergency department at Mount Nittany Medical Center, Pleskonko lends a hand in many different ways at the hospital. She is part of Mount Nittany Medical Center's education team, teaching Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) to nurses and physicians. She has helped implement the Sexual Assault program at Mount Nittany Medical Center as well.

This past March, Pleskonko and other Mount Nittany Health employees traveled to Nicaragua for an eight day mission trip, providing healthcare services to over 600 people in the cities of Los Cedros and Jinotega. She has completed three mission trips so far.

"I was so shocked and honored to be nominated for the Parade of Heroes, especially by Dr. Botti because she is one of my heroes," said Pleskonko. "I have worked at Mount Nittany Medical Center's emergency department since 1991, so it was nice to be nominated by Dr. Botti and my peers. It really made me feel wonderful."