Matthew Allen '98
Matthew Allen, MS, RN, PNP-BC, a 1998 Rush-Henrietta graduate, is a pediatric nurse practitioner and clinical nurse specialist at Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong. Those who know Matt describe him as a highly motivated person who sets high standards in the health care field and consistently mentors others to achieve their professional goals.
After graduating from St. John Fisher College and working as a bedside nurse, Matt enrolled in the University of Rochester’s School of Nursing. He received his degree as a pediatric nurse practitioner and focused his efforts on improving health care for children.
In addition to his nursing work at Golisano Children’s Hospital, Matt serves as a pediatric clinical instructor for Wegmans School of Nursing at St. John Fisher College. In this role, he helps prepare nursing students learn to care for seriously ill children and their families. Students describe him as a great teacher who provides a safe and caring atmosphere for learning. In addition, Matt is a legal nurse consultant for lawyers working on medical cases. In all of these areas, he has made significant contributions to the development, education, and professional growth of future generations of nurses, as well as improving advocacy and care for children.
In 2010, Matt was asked to develop a pediatric orthopedic program for Golisano Children’s Hospital, a task he successfully accomplished. Most notably, Matt developed the region’s first car seat program to address safe transportation of children who have special orthopedic needs. Matt secured the necessary funding, gained approval from the University of Rochester, and helped the program grow within the community. Thanks in part to Matt’s good work, U.S. News and World Report magazine recognized Golisano Children’s Hospital as having one of the nation’s best orthopedic programs in the nation in its most recent Best Children’s Hospital rankings.
Matt’s personal and professional success is enhanced by his relentless pursuit of improved medical care for children. One of his newest professional challenges is assisting the University of Rochester Medical Center with the development and design of the new Golisano Children’s Hospital, which is scheduled to open in 2015.
Matt lives in Henrietta with his wife, Noreen, and their daughter, Hailey.