Monday, May 19, 2014
Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital Nurse Honored as Outstanding ECC Alumna
Amy Wildhaber, MBSH Emergency Department Nurse Manager was honored at East Central College’s 44th annual Spring Commencement. Wildhaber was named the recipient of the East Central College Outstanding Alumni Award on May 17. This award was established in 2002 and is presented annually to recognize an ECC graduate who has used his or her education and been of service to the community.
Wildhaber’s career in nursing began as an LPN in the Med-Surg Pediatric Unit at St. John’s Mercy Hospital-Washington. She went on to work as the school nurse at Union R-XI School District.
In 2001 she began to work at Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital Med-Surg Department as an LPN. At that time, she decided to attend East Central College’s Associate Degree Nursing program. Her nursing instructor, Nancy Mitchell noted that Amy was a wonderful student who excelled in the classroom as well as the clinical setting. “She was a constant source of support for her fellow classmates as well as being a role model,” Mitchell said. Following graduation in 2005, she remained at MBSH as a Staff Nurse in the Med-Surg Unit until she was promoted in 2007 as the Service Excellence Coordinator. Her next promotion was to become the Emergency Department Nurse manager in 2009.
In February 2012, Amy and her husband Troy lost their 17-year old son Zac in a fatal vehicle accident. At that time of tragedy in their family, they decided to donate Zac’s organs, thereby making some good come from their tragic loss. To help cope with their loss, the Wildhaber family established Zac’s Challenge, an educational program to promote organ and tissue donation through the Missouri Donor Registry. Through their personal selfless act of kindness and the ongoing work of Zac’s Challenge, many people are alive or enjoying a better life through those donations. Thousands of people have responded to the challenge and have become donors.
Since that time, the Wildhabers have spent countless volunteer hours making presentations at schools, churches and various organizations. More recently, Zac’s Challenge was recognized in Mike Bush’s “Making a Difference” segment on KSDK Television, receiving $500.00 for their efforts.
“We are very pleased that Amy is part of our Nursing Leadership team. Her positive attitude and the love and compassion she demonstrates for others through Zac’s Challenge is truly outstanding,” commented Carmen Bartolotta, Chief Nurse Executive.
Pictured with the award is Megan, Amy & Troy Wildhaber