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Faith Singleton, a Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital wound care nurse lauded for guiding patients through the most challenging and embarrassing moments of their lives, has been named the 2015 winner of the President’s Humanitarian Award, the highest honor bestowed at Roper St. Francis.
“A President’s Humanitarian Award winner possesses a relentless determination at work and in everyday life to fulfill our mission of healing ALL people with compassion, faith and excellence,” President and CEO David Dunlap said from the stage November 4th at the Conference Center at Trident Technical College in North Charleston, South Carolina at a meeting of the entire healthcare system’s leadership. “This year’s winner so embodies our mission that her first name is actually one of the most important words in our mission statement: ‘Faith.'”
A panel of five former Humanitarian Award Winners gathered on October 23rd to review the nominations and submit their recommendation to Mr. Dunlap. The award is given to a teammate who embodies our Mission and Standards of Behavior through professional and personal contributions, and it comes with a monetary award of $5,000. Singleton is a certified Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurse who helps patients after they receive an artificial opening in an organ after an operation such as colostomy or gastrostomy. She helps them manage a new way of living during a time that can be awkward and humbling.
Pennie Peralta, vice president of nursing and senior nurse executive at Bon Secours St. Francis, nominated Singleton, saying she posses a calm, soft-spoken way of gaining patients’ confidence that their bodies will be restored. “It has not been unusual for patients to send in letters of thanks, calling Faith ‘an angel that was sent to rescue them,” Peralta said. “She is looked upon by the physicians and nurses alike as our resident expert in caring for the body’s largest organ – the skin.”
Singleton was also recognized for going above and beyond her job description by taking action to ensure ostomy patients who are discharged receive additional support. In August of 2013, she invited her counterparts at the two other Roper St. Francis hospitals to help develop a community support group. She assisted in posting information about the group’s meetings on our webpage and spread the word to many of our surgical physician practices. The ostomy support group began meeting in January of 2014 and is an ongoing activity attended by up to 16 members. Now, she schedules speakers for the support group, and between meetings, she e-mails the group educational newsletters.
“I enjoy what I do. I am passionate about what I do. But I do it with love,” Singleton said shortly after Leadership Development Institute concluded. “I enjoy my patients. I enjoy taking care of them and giving them hope. I really didn’t expect to get an award. This is what I do every day.” — Faith Singleton
Singleton said she already knows how she will spend the $5,000. She plans next year to visit her home country of Jamaica next year on vacation with her husband, Tim and son, Stone.