During the three weeks she was hospitalized, Flo Scott could not stop raving about the extraordinary care and kindness she received from the nursing team at Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital in Whittier, Calif. Just before she died, she told her husband Frank that she wanted to do something special to thank the nurses whose compassion went above and beyond the call of duty.
Listening to his wife’s stories during her final days and weeks made Frank realize the pivotal role nurses play at the heart of a patient’s care and how simple acts such as really listening can make a huge difference. He knew exactly what he was going to do.
In 2004, Frank launched The Rose Award for Excellence in Nursing Leadership. The award pays tribute to the passion and spirit of excellence that PIH nurses bring to the bedsides of patients like his wife, Flo, who died in 2002.
This marks the eighth year the honor was awarded. But it was bittersweet because it was the first year Frank could not personally present the award. He died in the hospital’s hospice wing on Easter Sunday, just weeks before the annual presentation during National Nurses Week.Photo courtesy of Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital
Faye Munoz, RN, left, and Debbie McKnight, RN, are presented the Rose Award.
The Rose Award inspires and sets the expectations of a healthcare delivery system for nurses everywhere, CNO Reanna Thompson said, adding that Frank was trying to invest in PIH’s nurses so they could in turn invest in the health of the communities for which the hospital serves.
“It exemplifies the impressive and inspiring impact nurses make and underscores how nurses are improving the healthcare of seniors,” Thompson said. “It isn’t very often that you find a person who truly gets all that a nurse does for patients. But Frank and Flo got that the whole hospital experience, and the outcome of the patient has very much to do with how they are treated and cared for by nurses.”
The Scotts’ adult children presented The 2011 Rose Award to Debbie McKnight, RN, MSN, care center coordinator, oncology. A second scholarship, the Art of Caring Award, was created to honor Frank, who served as chairman of the PIH Foundation Board of Directors for nearly two decades. It was presented to Faye Munoz, RN, BSN, assistant clinical coordinator, med/surg. Both awards honor nurses who consistently demonstrate courageous and intentional actions on behalf of patients to ensure their safety and who listen to patients and their families to help create positive outcomes, Thompson said. Each include a $6,000 stipend, a Tiffany engraved crystal bowl and two dozen roses.
“As Chairman of the PIH Foundation Board of Directors our mission is to raise funds for PIH and our priority is to support nursing in every way possible,” said James P. Fitzgerald, MD. “We believe that when nurses are given the opportunity to further their education this results in excellent patient care and enhances the well-being of all patients and their families in our community. We are proud to honor excellence in nursing leadership with the Flo Scott Rose Award.”