HCR Home Care recently honored Lillian Wald, known as the founder of community health nursing in the U.S., during the company’s National Nurses Week observance.
HCR nurses and officials held a special ceremony at Wald’s gravesite at Mount Hope Cemetery in Rochester that included placing a wreath at the site. Staff members have assisted with the upkeep of Wald’s grave, such as planting flowers and maintaining the nearby grounds, for more than 30 years.
HCR held a remembrance ceremony at the company’s patient memorial garden outside its Rochester headquarters to honor HCR patients who have passed away or touched the lives of staff members.
Wald, a Rochester native, championed nursing education and a variety of social issues, coining the term “public health nurse” for nurses who worked outside hospitals in poor communities. Listed among the Jewish Women’s Archive’s Women of Valor, Wald also helped found Henry Street Settlement House, which became the first Visiting Nurse Service in the U.S.; National Organization for Public Health Nursing; and Columbia University School of Nursing.
“Many of us in the nursing profession are deeply indebted to Lillian Wald, and we are honored to follow in her footsteps,” said Elizabeth Zicari, president of HCR Home Care. “HCR will continue to pay tribute to her memory and her legacy as our company’s mission is built on her commitment to preventive health care and the preservation of health.”
National Nurses Week recognizes the role nurses play in delivering the highest level of quality care to their patients and acknowledges the strong commitment, compassion and care nurses display in their practice and profession.