For his compassionate work with trauma patients, Franciscan Health Crown Point Emergency Department physician Michael Todd, MD, was recognized by the hospital’s nursing staff with the St. Raphael Award on Dec. 5.
Dr. Todd was given the award in recognition of outstanding dedication, teamwork, and respect for the nursing staff and commitment to the mission and values of Franciscan Alliance.
Michelle Resendez, RN, SANE-A coordinator for Franciscan Health, presented the award to Dr. Todd, praising his compassion, kindness, and sensitivity when treating patients who have experienced sexual assault, child abuse, and domestic abuse.
“He’s patient while he’s listening to them, listening to their histories and their disclosures as far as the violence and the acts that they’ve experienced,” Resendez said. “He makes them feel like what happens to them matters.”
Dr. Todd, who is approaching his 20th year at the hospital, had praise for those who awarded his work. “The nurses are fabulous. They have a professionalism and a commitment to the patients here that I have never seen before. I want to recognize them because they mean everything to me,” he said.
Noting that his wife is a nurse, his daughter is graduating from nursing school and another daughter was accepted to nursing school, Dr. Todd drew laughs from the audience when he said the award was “some proof that I can collaborate with nurses.”