Jesse Budd, an Epilepsy Monitoring Unit technician at Ascension Via Christi St. Francis, was observing the monitoring area when he saw a patient break a window with a rock and attempt to jump out the 5th-floor window.
"Jesse ran into the room and pulled the patient back to safety, which was no easy task," says Justin Hein, RN, who serves as the hospital’s patient safety officer.
Budd was recognized for his actions this week with a surprise Great Catch Award presentation this week.
He also received "Guardian Angel" recognition.
The Guardian Angel program provides an avenue for those whose loved ones have received exceptional care from an Ascension Via Christi physician, nurse, therapist or other associate to say "thank you" with a gift in their honor.
The donor’s kind words about their “angel” are then shared with the associate whose care inspired the donation, along with a guardian angel pin and certificate of appreciation.
The program, launched a number of years ago, is being resurrected by Via Christi Philanthropy as it provided a meaningful way for appreciative patients and families to express their gratitude and to do so in a way that benefits others.
The story of Budd's quick-thinking and life-saving actions was shared at the daily safety huddle, which in turn inspired an associate gift in his name.
Said Budd of the two-fold recognition: "God just put me in the right place at the right time. I give all glory to Him."