Learn more about the hospital heroes in your community going above and beyond to make our hospitals run, and provide vital care to millions of Americans.
Beth Davenport, RN
“A hero is someone that people want to be like. That’s exactly what Beth is,” her colleagues say. Beth goes beyond the four walls of the hospital to bring free health screenings to medically underserved communities. She is a true leader who is passionate about helping her patients change their lives and get healthier.
Dr. Vicki Macy, MD
Dr. Vicki Macy is ahead of her time. She’s the first woman to complete the OB-GYN residency at the University of Utah, and one of the first female OB-GYNs in the state of Utah. As a pioneer for women in medicine, she’s delivered more than 9,000 babies, including multiple generations in several families. We spoke with her recently to learn how she got there and what motivated her along the way.
When Disaster Strikes: Part 1
In 2011, the town of Joplin, Missouri was devastated by an F5 tornado the strongest imaginable. The storm destroyed St. John's/Mercy Hospital, and devastated the community. The need to keep hospitals strong was made abundantly clear as hospital workers from St. John's/Mercy and nearby Freeman Hospital helped their community in the wake of the tornado—on a day they were needed most.
Meet Brenda and Wanda
Hospitals have been hit with $148.75 billion in federal funding cuts since 2010. Every dollar cut has a real impact on real people. Cuts make it harder for hospital heroes like Brenda to care for patients and serve their communities, while patients like Wanda—who so deeply rely on the help of their caregivers—might wait longer for care in their times of need.
Nurse Sarah Crowell truly means it when she tells cancer patients at the Derrick L. Davis Cancer Center she knows what they are going through. At age 13 she was diagnosed with leukemia, and given a 20% chance to live. Then, just two years ago she was diagnosed with cancer again—breast cancer. For beating cancer once, and fighting it again, she is a hero. For using these battles to fuel her passion for patient care, she is a Hospital Hero.
University of Iowa Lung Transplant Team
John E. submitted Julia Klesney-Tait, Abigail Mack, and Kalpaj Parekh of the University of Iowa as Hospital Heroes because, in his words, “They are a team driven by one singular purpose: the highest quality of patient care.” Watch this video to learn exactly what he means.
Mahealani R. tells us, “Andi inspires stewardship and service in us all, and is an example for all leadership to follow.” Her commitment to care goes beyond her formal duties of leading staff. From mentoring, to volunteering, to starting overnight camps to help myelodysplasia and arthritis patients better understand their conditions, Andi dedicates herself to patient health and wellbeing with all her heart. Thank you, Andi!
Scott M. submitted Jennifer as a Hospital Hero because, in his words, she is a “patient advocate who treats every patient [as] though they are a member of her immediate family.” From the mundane to the memorable, Jennifer’s actions have touched and changed the lives of so many patients for the better.
Role model, innovator, motivator, wonderful person: these are just a few of the ways those who work alongside Harold describe him. From his compassionate approach to patient care, to his volunteerism around the world, Harold exemplifies what being a Hospital Hero means!
Dr. Lon Butikofer
Dr. Butikofer, one of the first male orderlies in N.E. Iowa, has been CEO of Regional Medical Center in Manchester, Iowa for the past 25 years. He has also served as a volunteer Board Member for the Red Cross for over 30 years, and serves on the International Board managing Hospital Lumiere, a mountaintop Christian Hospital in Haiti.
Dr. Carey Andrew-Jaja
Dr. Andrew-Jaja has welcomed thousands of babies into the world using the gift of song. His mantra is, "confront every encounter with a smile on your face and a song in your heart." We are thrilled to spotlight his efforts to bring these words to life with every baby he delivers!