Hospital recognizes excellence in nursing

From left, Emma Merrill, Stephanie Thummel-Schwindt and Elda Menjivar were the three finalists for the 2019 Clinical Excellence in Nursing award. Thummel-Schwindt was received the award.

GARDEN CITY —Stephanie Thummel-Schwindt, Medical/Surgical nurse at St. Catherine Hospital, was recently honored with the 2019 Clinical Excellence in Nursing award.

This prestigious award includes a Clinical Excellence in Nursing plaque, a monetary gift, and name embroidered on the nursing cape, a long time St. Catherine Hospital tradition. 

“Nurses are the most loving and passionate people you will ever meet. Whether we are saving a life or simply making a patient smile, we will band together and get the job done,” Thummel-Schwindt said. “I am thankful every day that I am apart of such a beautiful profession.”

Thummel-Schwindt was born in Medicine Lodge then moved to Garden City. She graduated from nursing school at North Central Technical College. She became a traveling nurse and was introduced to her husband between travel assignments. They returned to Garden City in 2016 when they found out they were expecting. Stephanie started as a Med/Surg floor nurse, then moved to Charge Nurse, and just recently started a new position as the House Supervisor.

She and Kenny have been married for three years and have two beautiful children, Killian, 3, and Eislee, 11 months. She enjoys reading, going to the zoo, watching Paw Patrol, and falling asleep on the couch after the kids are in bed.

Forty-four nurses throughout St. Catherine Hospital, Siena Medical, Women’s Clinic, Plaza Medical and Convenient Care were recently nominated for the award.

In addition to Thummel-Schwindt, two other finalists were chosen by their peers: Elda Menjivar, ICU; and Emma Merrill, Hospice.

This year marked the 33nd year St. Catherine Hospital has formally recognized clinical excellence.