To recognize the more than 30 years that William A. Mahon, M.D., dedicated to his patients, Oswego Hospital, and its surgery center staff, the healthcare facility has named an operating room in his honor.
A plaque to acknowledge the local orthopedic surgeon’s contributions is located just outside operating room two. The plaque was unveiled during a reception held for Dr. Mahon and his family. “We chose to dedicate this particular operating room to Dr. Mahon as it was his favorite due to its size,” said Ophthalmologist Ivan Proano, M.D., president of the Oswego Hospital medical staff. “The room’s large layout could accommodate the area he needed when performing joint replacements and other surgeries.”
Dr. Proano added that his colleague not only took his work seriously, but also was a well-respected decision maker within the hospital. “When decisions and changes were made through his more than 30 years with the hospital, he was part of the process,” Dr. Proano said.
Oswego Health President and CEO Ann C. Gilpin said the health system was very grateful to Dr. Mahon for the many years of wonderful care that he provided to his patients, along with his years of service to the community and the hospital. “It is our honor to recognize Dr. Mahon by the naming of operating room two, which was his room of preference when utilizing his excellent surgical skills,” Gilpin said.
Longtime friend, Obstetrician/Gynecologist Ronald Uva, M.D., recalls when both he and Dr. Mahon first arrived at Oswego Hospital. “We came here from our respective residency programs and have been friends ever since,” Dr. Uva said. “We have been here more than 30 years and a lot of that time he was our only orthopedic surgeon. He has been extraordinarily dedicated to his patients, the hospital, his office staff and the surgery center staff. He’s always been a gentleman with a great sense of humor and it’s appropriate that we recognize him and his service.”
Outside of the hospital and their medical practices, the two physicians enjoyed playing tennis and racquetball together, as well as traveling with their families to more than 20 cities throughout the country to attend hockey games. “What started more than 20 ago years as a trip to Boston to see a hockey game, lead to annual trips that included our families plus two other local families,” Dr. Uva said. “We’ve visited a lot of cities together that we might not have seen if we hadn’t started this annual tradition.”
Both Dr. Uva and Dr. Mahon joined the hospital’s active medical staff in 1980. Dr. Mahon earned his medical degree from Upstate Medical Center and completed his residency at Akron City Hospital and Children’s Hospital Medical Center, both in Akron, Ohio. He was chief resident for orthopedic surgery.
John Meade, a longtime certified registered nurse anesthetist at Oswego Hospital, has worked alongside Dr. Mahon for many of his procedures. “He is very professional, an excellent surgeon and very deliberate in his technique,” Meade said. “We have been very lucky to have someone of his caliber at Oswego Hospital for all these years.”
Jane Nalle, R.N., clinical manager of the surgery center, agreed that Dr. Mahon was always a gentleman with his patients and the staff. “He certainly deserves having his name outside one of our operating rooms for all the years he provided orthopedic care to our community,” Nalle said.