Courtesy of NWI Times
Methodist Hospital employee Cathy Dufresne, of Crown Point, won a Spirit Award for going beyond the call of duty to help patients in need of clothing.
Dufresne is an emergency room nurse at Methodist Hospitals' Northlake Campus in Gary.
Emergency room manager Diane Schultz, of DeMotte, said she was surprised when Dufresne said the department needed a washer and dryer.
It was only then, Schultz said, that she found out that Dufresne had been routinely taking homeless patients' clothes and washing them so they would have something clean and dry to wear when they left he hospital.
"You give every patient respect, dignity and compassion, regardless of who they are," Schultz said to Dufresne. "I don't think you realize how many lives you touch with what you do.
"It is one thing to be a nurse and have all of the clinical skills necessary to do the job, but it is another to have the passion you have for the nursing profession."
Dufresne also has been leading the cause of collecting clothes to donate to patients who may need apparel upon their discharge from the hospital. Because of her efforts, the staff at Methodist's Northlake Campus has been donating clothes to ensure that every patient has something appropriate to wear home.
So far, the Northlake Emergency Department has clothed five families that lost their belongings in house fires, as well as many patients who have experienced other emergencies.
Spirit Awards are awarded to employees who exemplify the system's ICARE corporate values and go above and beyond their job responsibilities. ICARE stands for Integrity, Compassion, Accountability, Respect and Excellence.