On the Front Lines for Each Other

St. Luke’s is an organization where all team members have the support, resources and environment to do their best work, which explains why we have 536 employees with more than 25 years of service. Recognition programs including the Smile Squad, the FACES (Friendly, Available, Caring, Efficient, Safe) award program, Silver Salutes (25+ years of service) and GEMS (30+ years of service) honor the hard work and dedication of our team members. Our mission, culture and service to the community are our foundation.

As healthcare providers standing on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was natural for our team members to feel increased vulnerability and anxiousness. St. Luke’s Incident Command Center created an Employee Health and Wellness Committee to identify the needs of team members and provided resources available from St. Luke’s and the larger community. Through these resources, our team could find the support and relief they needed. Physical spaces were created for team members to take a moment from their physically and mentally demanding roles, including a meditation room. The Mary Ann Lee Healing Garden provided an outdoor place of peace and serenity complemented by seating areas, a pergola, fountain and sculptures.

Celebrating the Year of the Nurse

The World Health Organization (WHO) designated 2020 as the “Year of the Nurse,” to recognize the critical role the nursing profession plays in the complex healthcare system. The year also honors the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale.

Although the origins of nursing predate the mid-19th century, the history of professional nursing traditionally begins with Florence Nightingale. The well-educated daughter of wealthy British parents defied social conventions and decided to become a nurse. At that time, nursing of “strangers” was not seen as a respectable career, and nursing should be only for sick family and intimate friends. In a radical departure from these views, Florence Nightingale believed that well-educated women, using scientific principles and informed education about healthy lifestyles, could dramatically improve the care of sick patients.

The Year of the Nurse at St. Luke’s offered many additional opportunities to recognize and thank our nursing staff. Each month, St. Luke’s shared inspiring stories from our nurses on their reasons for choosing this profession.

The St. Luke’s team proudly celebrate 2020 as the “Year of the Nurse.”

Team members share why they enjoy working at St. Luke’s.

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