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Respiratory Therapists feeling the love

Since March, Ascension Via Christi’s Respiratory Therapists and other frontline caregivers have treasured the support of food and sentiments donated by the community. 

A recent donation, which included some childrens’ heart-shaped cards voicing encouragement for the team’s hard work, now decorate the walls of the Respiratory Therapy area at Ascension Via Christi St. Francis, thanks to Brenda Olmstead. 

Olmstead, an auditor with Respiratory Care, created candy heart cards with the names of each RT and placed those among the children’s cards to create a colorful, caring collage for her teammates.

“Brenda has a creative gift and we appreciate her efforts to use those skills to support our department, our associates, and hospital community,” says Don Carden, director of Respiratory Care for Ascension Via Christi. “She just knows how to continue making us smile.”

Olmstead, who has served Ascension Via Christi for 19 years, says that the display is always decorated, but this display feels like a necessary morale boost. 

“Our teammates have been checking out the board to see the big hearts and messages and then looking for their own name,” says Olmstead.

“For me, I enjoy the challenge of creating something out of what I am given — in this case the kid's artwork,” says Olmstead.

David Alexander, president of the Via Christi Foundation, says it is gratifying to help facilitate gifts for caregivers.

“It is also heartwarming to see one gift of time and talent lead to another one,” says Alexander. “Kindness just naturally seems to multiply.”

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