I recently had the great opportunity to attend an awards presentation at Poudre Valley Hospital for our Guardian Angels.
The Guardian Angel program is a program that allows grateful patients, their families and friends the opportunity to support programs and services at Poudre Valley Health System while recognizing the exemplary care they received from a PVHS “Guardian Angel” healthcare provider.
I thought I’d share a couple of stories that attendees shared with us:
My Guardian Angel pin was awarded by a family whose wife and mother was my patient. She planned to go home the next morning, but her condition changed suddenly and she died in the early morning. I’m grateful for this reminder of how fragile life is, and how important each patient is.
My pin came from a patient on our ortho unit who spent weeks recovering from a leg infection. He nearly lost his leg and suffered much pain and fear about the course of his stay and what his future looked like. As he improved and “turned the good corner,” his spirits truly soared. His face showed a vitality: pink cheeks and a smile that had not been there before. Then his gratitude for the care of our entire team of ortho, PT/OT, infectious disease MDs, transporters, HBO RNs, and others poured out in such humbling abundance. We all cheered the day he was discharged as he was able to walk! — Linda Meadows, patient’s direct caregiver on the ortho unit
I was so overwhelmed when I received my Angel award. It was given by a patient I had cared for after an ATV accident. They were from out of town, so I grabbed mattresses to put in the room for their kids – they were so grateful! – JN, caregiver on the surgical unit
I have been blessed to work at PVH for over 20 years. It was such an honor to be awarded the first Guardian Angel at PVHS years ago. It’s wonderful to be recognized for the job I do, where my passion meets my purpose. – Kathleen Michie, PT/Oncology Massage Therapist
When I got my Guardian Angel award, it was one of the best days of my life. It was a wonderful gift and I got to share it with my friend and co-worker, Misty Gann, RN. It made me feel appreciated, which is a wonderful feeling to think that I made a difference in someone’s life. It is amazing and the reason I am a nurse.