The constellation award recognizes strong teams that come together to serve patients and each other. They demonstrate a calling to care, live the network’s values, and show exceptional performance as defined by the network’s Standards of Behavior.
You can read their nomination story below. Congratulations to all of our recipients!
Noell Pierce, Laura White, Cecil Pratt, Sunna Babar – Soin Medical Center
“My son was rushed to Soin Medical Center with just a hardly beating heart. I watched as my son had a mechanical CPR machine pounding on his chest, the doctor putting in a central line and respiratory putting him on a ventilator. I am a nurse and there wasn’t anything that could be hidden from me. I knew the look in everyone’s eyes that my son was in grave condition. Within four hours we were moved to ICU. Numerous people in and out of his room all night. On Sunday morning we began to get to know some of the nurses who were very involved in my son’s care. Noell and Laura were his primary nurses on the 7 a.m.-7 p.m. shifts. They always made sure he was getting turned often and was comfortable. I loved how they always talked to him when they came into the room. They always told him what they were getting ready to do. Cecil was his primary nurse on the 7 p.m.-7 a.m. shift. He always asked about my son, and what he was like. We love talking about our son, and it made us feel like he was a real person and not just someone they were stuck with taking care of for the night. Cecil also, always told my son what he was getting ready to do. Both shifts made us feel like our son was the only patient in the whole hospital. By Sunday, we were dealt the awful blow that our son was going to need hospice or be an organ donor, because he was brain dead. It was our son’s final wish to be an organ donor, and we were going to make that happen. There was so much more work required of the staff to make my son’s final wish happen. Everything from contacting Life Connection, to having to do all the readmission process over again and get new orders from the surgeons who will be recovering my son’s organs. Once this process started I sat and watched Cecil draw 30 tubes of blood more than one time. Cecil always had a smile on his face thanking us for allowing him to care for our son. Yes, you read that right, he was grateful to us that he was able to care for my son. I knew my son would be going into surgery at 4:00 p.m., so he could do his last heroic act on earth. We wanted our son to look good for his hero walk, and when it’s your time to meet God you also want to look your best. We called in my son’s hairdresser to come give him a fresh cut and shave. Noell and Laura both stayed in the room helping reposition my son so he could get his hair cut. It was a very tricky situation with his ventilator. We needed a nail kit to trim his nails and get the dirt out from underneath. One of them went to the gift shop and bought it for us. We couldn’t believe it. They wanted to make sure we have everything we needed. The nurse’s prayed with us when we needed prayer, they talked to us when we needed to talk, comforted us during the tears and had midnight dance parties to my son’s favorite tunes because we knew my son wouldn’t want us crying. Soin was our family these three nights we were here. We had a huge turn out from Kettering Medical Center for my son’s hero walk. Cecil had just worked a 12 hour shift and was back to honor my son. Noell was part of the day shift getting everything perfect for his surgery. Laura was there helping push my son from the ICU to OR. The respect our son the hero got from your staff brings tears to my eyes every time I think of how well my son was taken care of.
At my son’s funeral Noell and Laura both showed up, carrying a card from everyone in the ICU. Once again, thanking us for allowing them to be a part of our son’s organ donation process. I want to also shout out to Sunna Babar. She was in everyday checking in on us. We thought so highly of the ICU staff that we catered a meal for them from City BBQ. Sunna came in on a Saturday night to help get this set up, and ensure to capture the most staff she could, all the while it was Christmas time and just a busy time of life. I’m not even sure how to put into words how the care for my son made his passing so much easier on his family. We love you all and are very grateful to your staff for loving our son and his family. As spelled out in the letter the staff noted in this constellation nomination went far above and beyond for this patient and his family. They made such a difficult time a bit easier for the family of this patient. What an amazing testament of how amazing our staff is. Please choose these staff members listed here as our award winners, they truly deserve it!”