MedWatch Today: Honoring longtime Community nurse, Linda Wiens

Med Watch Today

Most caregivers don’t think twice about being recognized for their service, it’s just what they do and it’s part of who they are.

Linda Wiens was a nurse with Community Medical Centers for 54 years, and one her her colleagues wanted to honor her as a Care Hero for her dedication and compassion she showed toward not only her patients, but everyone around her. Linda passed away this past May, so her family accepted the award in her honor.

Janet Chisholm is the Corporate Director of Health Information Management at Community Medical Centers. She said, “Linda was not only our co-worker, but also a caring friend to many of us who worked side by side with her.”

In the courtyard of Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital, a special ceremony was held in Linda’s honor.

“We are honored and blessed to have known Kinda and know [her] family,” said Janet.

Janet nominated Linda as a Care Hero for her dedication as a registered nurse at Community for 54 years.

Linda’s son, Kevin Wiens said, “She was just really active in the medical community and she loved her job. She loved her friends that she had here.”

Kevin and his wife looked on as Linda’s colleagues spoke about her commitment to great patient care.

“She just had a passion for taking care of people and doing what was right. She’s definitely instilled that in me and my brother,” said Kevin.

While at Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital, Linda held many important roles.

Janet said, “She was a case management coordinator, bariatric coordinator, rack appeals, and her last position as clinical documentation specialist before retiring in the Fall of 2018.”

This past May, Linda passed away. When Kevin and his brother found out their mother was going to be nominated to be a Care Hero, they were so touched, and gave some of the proceeds from Linda’s estate sale to Community’s Foundation. The money will go toward nursing education at Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital.

Janet announced at the ceremony, “I proudly nominated your mother as our Care Hero. Her Godly influence, her values, her integrity, truly sets her apart. Linda will forever be a part of me and a part of us at CMC. A true care hero.”

Kevin said he’s grateful his mother’s legacy will live on, not only through the love of family and friends, but through future nurses at Community.

“She truly loved her career and the people that she worked with. The words that were said today about her were heartwarming and I know that my father would be extremely proud of the work and the influence and the memories that she created here, so it’s wonderful,” ended Kevin.

Anyone who works for Community Medical Centers can be honored to be a Care Hero. For more information, click here.

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