Five outstanding women known for treating patients and staff at St. Mary’s General Hospital with compassion and respect are being honoured today with the prestigious Mission Legacy Award. The award ceremony is being held during Nursing Week, which is fitting given that four of the five recipients are current or retired nurses.
“St. Mary’s is blessed to have so many outstanding current and former, staff, leaders and volunteers,” says St. Mary’s President, Dr. Andrew Falconer. “This year’s recipients have and continue to live the mission of our founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Hamilton. We celebrate and thank these strong, committed and talented women for their kindness, ingenuity and leadership”
Winners of the Mission Legacy Award for 2019 are:
Rosemary Corriveau joined St. Mary’s in 1962, gained experience on multiple units and finished her career as an Occupational Health Nurse. Well-liked by her peers, Rosemary had a way of encouraging unity and collaboration when teams she worked with were at odds. She valued team work and always focused on what was best for the patient. She is described as a stalwart for her loyalty and reliability, providing solid, caring advice to her colleagues.
As Patient Blood Management Coordinator, a role she developed, Norma Davis is largely responsible for St. Mary’s dedication and recognition as a leader in blood conservation. When staff hear the words blood conservation, they think Norma Davis. Working as a Registered Nurse for 30 years, Norma was an integral part of preparing patients for cardiac surgery. She worked tirelessly to improve patient outcomes, sharing her passion and knowledge with both patients and colleagues.
Christine Henhoeffer graduated as a Registered Nurse from the St. Mary’s School of Nursing in 1971 and her clinical service at St. Mary’s included 28 years in management. She served on the hospital’s Board of Trustees for eight years and as board chair from 2013-2015. A valued mentor and wise leader, Christine was integral in the implementation of Lean management at the board governance level. She is a current member of the St. Mary’s General Hospital Foundation Board.
For more than 25 years, Registered Nurse Deb Kind has embodied St. Mary’s mission to treat patients with respect and compassion. She is incredibly supportive of her colleagues and is a natural leader, with the know-how, passion and instincts that align perfectly with her current role in the ICU. She provides emotional support and empathy to patients and colleagues, maintains the highest ethical standards and encourages families to participate in their loved one’s care journey.
With 32 years of volunteer experience at St. Mary’s, Kay Warner demonstrates dedication and always treats others with respect and compassion. There isn’t a week that goes by without Kay overseeing the lottery booth in the front lobby. She greets patients with a smile and patiently listens to their stories, offering support, and often, some sage advice. During her downtime at the booth, Kay often knits mittens to donate to other meaningful causes.