HCR Home Care recently honored Lillian Wald, founder of community health nursing in the U.S., during its observance of National Nurses Week.
HCR nurses and officials held a ceremony at Wald’s gravesite in Mount Hope Cemetery. Staff members assist with the upkeep of Wald’s grave, such as planting flowers and maintaining the nearby grounds. The company started this tradition 40 years ago.
HCR held a remembrance ceremony at the company’s patient memorial garden outside its Rochester headquarters to honor HCR patients who died or touched the lives of staff members.
Wald, a Rochester native, championed nursing education and various social issues, and coined the term “public health nurse” for those who worked outside hospitals in poor communities. Listed among the Women of Valor by Jewish Women’s Archive, Wald helped found Henry Street Settlement House, the first visiting nurse service in the U.S.; National Organization for Public Health Nursing; and Columbia University’s School of Nursing.
National Nurses Week recognizes the role nurses play in delivering care to their patients, and acknowledges the commitment, compassion and care nurses display in their practice and profession.