Franciscan Health Michigan City staff members have recognized two of their colleagues for their collaborative approach to patient care, respect for the nursing profession and advocacy for patients.
Orthopedic surgeon Bernardo Israel Yahuaca, MD, is the 2021 St. Luke Award recipient, and the 2021 St. Camillus Award goes to special response nurse Emily Olmos, RN.
The winner of the St. Luke Award, named for the patron saint of physicians and surgeons, is chosen each year by the patient care staff. The award recognizes physicians who have an outstanding rapport with nurses, patients and their families; show respect for the nursing profession; provide education and act as a resource to staff; serve as a role model; and exhibit a team approach to care. Dr. Yahuaca was selected through a voting process from more than 150 nominees.
The St. Camillus Award is named for St. Camillus, who, despite having an incurable wound on his leg, was dedicated to the care of the sick. It is presented each year to a nurse chosen by the medical staff and recognizes a nurse who is an ambassador in the community; is a patient advocate; shows respect for the nursing profession; reflects our mission and values; promotes service and hospitality; has good rapport with fellow staff; and exhibits a team approach to care. The award was given to Olmos during Nurses Week in May.