Three Rice nurses honored for impact they have on patients

Published in News Author: Anne Polta

West Central Tribune, May 16, 2016, WILLMAR – Three Carris Health - Rice Memorial Hospital nurses — Susie Johnson, JoDee Faiman-Altmann and Jennifer Lee — were honored last week for making a difference in the lives of their patients.

The My Nurse Made the Difference awards, given each year, recognize Carris Health - Rice Hospital nurses who exemplify caring, professionalism and excellence. Winners are selected from among nominations made by patients and families.

Lee, the third-place winner, works in adult health and intensive care. She was nominated by Sara Squibb for the care she provided while Squibb was hospitalized last year.

Lee’s caring and respect helped make a stay in the hospital more bearable, Squibb wrote in her letter of nomination.

“Jennifer always made me feel like I was part of the decision making process when it came to my health,” she wrote. “She kept me in the loop with test results, notes from doctors and updates.”

Lee also demonstrated both compassion and excellence, taking the time to visit and always showing a professional attitude, Squibb wrote. “She made me feel like I was her only patient and responded to my needs in a very timely manner.”

Lee earned her associate degree in nursing from Ridgewater College. Before coming to Carris Health - Rice Hospital in 2014, she worked as a registered nurse and case manager at Glen Oaks Care Center in New London. She has had additional training in telemetry and hospice care.

Faiman-Altmann, the second-place winner, is an emergency department and intensive care nurse at Rice. She was nominated by Linnea Lenz for her care of Lenz’s father over several stays in the emergency room and hospital before his death last year.

Faiman-Altmann brought a personal touch to the care she provided, Lenz said. In her letter, she described the friendliness and respect Faiman-Altmann showed to the entire family and her father’s enjoyment of sharing jokes and farm stories with his nurse.

Faiman-Altmann demonstrated qualities that are “a huge asset to families that appreciate more than the medical things that need to be done,” Lenz wrote in her letter of nomination. “I understand there is a need to professionalism but sometimes it is nice to have someone just take the time to laugh and talk with you.”

Faiman-Altmann has been on the nursing staff at Carris Health - Rice Hospital since 2015. She previously worked as an ER nurse and supervisor at Avera Marshall. She earned her nursing degree from South Dakota State University and is certified in adult and pediatric life support.

Johnson, the first-place winner, was nominated by Stephanie Curtis for the leadership, perception and caring she showed while Curtis was hospitalized and seriously ill last year.

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