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Roush receives Caring Kind award at Saint Francis

Grand Island, Neb. — Jenny Roush was recognized as the 2012 Caring Kind recipient on Tuesday, July 10, at Saint Francis Medical Center.

Roush, the wellness education coordinator at Saint Francis, was one of five employees nominated for the annual honor. Other nominees included Benita Alvarado of Oncology, Shawn Elliott of Surgical Services, Jacque Langford-Karre of Oncology and Lori Whitt of the Emergency Department.

For 33 years, the Nebraska Hospital Association (NHA) has paid tribute to Nebraska's most caring hospital workers with the Caring Kind award. This prestigious recognition honors outstanding health care employees who have demonstrated compassion for patients, cooperation with co-workers and dedication to excellence in their job responsibilities.

Hospitals across the state select one Caring Kind recipient from within their respective institutions to be recognized during the NHA annual convention. More than 1,700 dedicated health care professionals have received this award since its inception in 1979.

Excerpts from Roush's letter of nomination:

--"Jenny Roush always displays respect, trust, truthfulness, compassion and excellence in everything she does. Her energy, positive attitude and great listening skills help connect well with new employees during their orientation. She strives to help them feel a part of Saint Francis Medical Center from Day One — such an awesome person to be making a first impression on our new employees!"

--"Jenny's kindness when others face adversity is well-known. She goes out of her way to care for others. She has strong, caring relationships with many and is a friend to all. I have observed her caring for others during times of grief, times of great joy, times of uncertainty and times of loss. She is totally present when listening to others and that is a rare quality."

--"Jenny seems to have a tireless energy and that energy is to always connect with others. She is willing to accept any challenge and has an enthusiasm and passion for great customer care."

About Saint Francis Medical Center

Saint Francis Medical Center is a nonprofit faith-based hospital serving Central Nebraska with state-of-the-art healthcare services. A new patient tower was completed in 2007 with 159 acute-care patient rooms, including the Family Birthing Center, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Intensive Care Unit and a 10-bed inpatient rehabilitation unit. Saint Francis also operates a Cancer Treatment Center in Grand Island and Hastings, a Skilled Care Unit and an alcohol and drug treatment center.

About Catholic Health Initiatives

Saint Francis Medical Center is part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), a national nonprofit health organization with headquarters in Englewood, Colo. The faith-based system operates in 19 states and includes 73 hospitals; 40 long-term care, assisted- and residential-living facilities; two community health-services organizations; two accredited nursing colleges; and home health agencies. In fiscal year 2011, CHI provided more than $612 million in charity care and community benefit, including services for the poor, free clinics, education and research. With annual operating revenues of approximately $9.6 billion, CHI is the nation's third-largest Catholic health care system.