Crittenton Foundation donors, Dr. James V. and Mrs. Ruth Huebner, honored winners of Crittenton’s Nursing Excellence Awards on Monday, May 6. During a kick-off celebration of Nurses Week, Lynnette Shelly, RN, BSN, was named winner of the Nursing Excellence Awards; Doug Kyle, RN, BSN, received first runner up and Lori Dafoe, RN, BSN, was second runner up. Each received a cash prize provided through a donation from Dr. and Mrs. Huebner. “Dr. and Mrs. Huebner have been part of the incredible journey Crittenton nurses have taken the last few years. By inspiring and encouraging our nurses, they personify caring,” said Melinda Conway Callahan, CFRE, President of the Crittenton Foundation.
James Huebner, a retired orthopaedic physician, was among Crittenton’s first doctors. An innovator in orthopedic surgery, he created the Huebner Method of surgery which is still used at Crittenton today. Ruth Huebner is a lifetime member of Crittenton’s Auxiliary and began her volunteer work at Crittenton shortly after it opened in 1967. Throughout their careers, both saw first-hand the importance of Nurses. “Nurses are an incredibly important part of the healthcare team. The relationships they build with patients, families and physicians create a better healing environment. We want to make sure Crittenton nurses know they are valued.”
Though the couple now resides in Florida, they consider Rochester their home and remain invested in Crittenton’s future. Dr. and Mrs. Huebner first established their donation for the Nursing Excellence Award winners in 2007. Winners are chosen annually during Nurses Week and are honored throughout the year.