York Hospital nurses and physicians honored in 17 categories
Mark Reisinger, left, congratulates Cathleen Stauffer after presenting her with the Kitty Reisinger Heart of Nursing Award during the 2007 York Hospital Excellence in Caring & Practice Awards.
Cathleen Stauffer, a nurse in the York Hospital Emergency Department, has always had a passion for helping people.
Growing up, she considered becoming a missionary nurse. Although she didn’t pursue that vocation, she’s still able to help children in third world countries.
For the past decade, she has traveled to Honduras on mission trips. Her compassion for the children of that country led her to arrange life-saving/life-changing surgeries for them. She negotiates with hospitals and physicians in the United States for donated care and handles many of the other details.
Stauffer also takes children into her home or finds other homes for them during their lengthy stays.
She recently received the Kitty Reisinger Heart of Nursing Award for her compassionate efforts at home and abroad.
The award is presented annually to a York Hospital nurse who shows exemplary caring and compassionate service in their everyday interactions with patients and their families.
The award is named for Kathryn “Kitty” Reisinger, who practiced nursing in the York area for more than 40 years until her death in 2002. The winner is selected by members of the Reisinger family.
The nurse who nominated Stauffer wrote, “She has improved the quality of life of people here at York Hospital, in villages in Honduras and even in other third world countries.
“She is truly the most amazing, loving and compassionate nurse that I know.”
Her compassion knows no geographical boundaries.
Upon receiving the award, Stauffer said, “It’s an honor and a surprise. You do nursing out of your heart. You often don’t realize what it means to others.”
Some of the winners of the York Hospital Excellence in Caring and Practice Awards are from left to right: front row, Blythe Stover-Baker, Lynne Eitel and Dorothy Jones; second row, Susan Hunter, Tina Boyer, Phyllis Ingram, Barb Buchko and Cathleen Stauffer; third row, Nancy Long, Sherri Keller, Janice Hull and Dr. T. Glen Bouder; back row, Bonita Trapnell and Wendy McDowell.
Stauffer, who travels to Honduras every spring, began her missionary efforts by bringing children who needed open-heart surgery to the United States.
Soon, she developed a network of families who were willing to help and house Honduran children needing surgery.
She expanded the services and started a non-profit organization, Casa Corazon, to reach more children.
Physicians from third world countries call her when a child needs her network of services.
Stauffer and her husband are currently caring for a two-year-old Honduran boy who needs surgery on his legs. He has lived with them for more than one year.
The Stauffers also have an adopted nine-year-old daughter from Honduras.
“The satisfaction you receive from helping children can’t be measured,” Stauffer said. “When you see the difference the surgeries make for the children, it makes everything that you have to go through worthwhile.”